NZDF

Feilding Local Set to Play in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

24 July 2013

Corporal (CPL) Kevin Hickman, a member of the NZ Army Band, who has left for the United Kingdom this week to play the tenor horn at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the NZ Army Tattoo.
Corporal (CPL) Kevin Hickman, a member of the NZ Army Band, who has left for the United Kingdom this week to play the tenor horn at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the NZ Army Tattoo. [20130724_WN_E1020928_0003.jpg]

Feilding local, Corporal (CPL) Kevin Hickman has headed to the United Kingdom this week to play the trumpet and cornet in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with the NZ Army Band.

CPL Hickman attended Feilding High School and also played in the Feilding Municipal Band.

CPL Hickman joined the NZ Army three years ago after wanting a change of lifestyle.

"I’d had enough of the corporate world and wanted to do something that I love, being a musician in the NZ Army Band has given me that opportunity," said CPL Hickman.

This will be CPL Hickman’s second trip to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with the NZ Army Band, and his first trip as the trumpet section commander.

"It’s always a great honour to perform in front of thousands of people every night representing the NZ Defence Force as well as the NZ Army Band," CPL Hickman said.

CPL Hickman spends his days at work rehearsing with the band or marching, if they have a performance coming up like the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

"We also spend time rehearsing in smaller groups like our brass ensemble or dance band," CPL Hickman said.

In his spare time CPL Hickman enjoys playing golf, snowboarding and watching sport. He also plays for a civilian brass band.

CPL Hickman said he would recommend a career with the NZ Army.

"It’s a great life, I get to do something I love, work with great people and meet lots of people when we perform overseas.

"Another great part of the job is that we generally spend an hour each day doing some sort of physical training," CPL Hickman said.

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