Drum Major - Staff Sergeant Tristan Mitchell
Staff Sergeant Tristan Mitchell hails from Westport in the South Island of New Zealand. He joined the New Zealand Army Band in 1993.
Tristan proved his versatility within the band playing Tenor Trombone, arranging music and singing lead and backing vocals. In 2003 and 2004 Tristan was the Course Manger of the Mutual Assistance Programme Bandsman Course run by the Army Band School of Music. He became Deputy Bandmaster at the start of 2005 until September when he was appointed Drum Major until September 2008. Tristan has trained and led the band at many marching events within New Zealand and Overseas. Highlights include leading the Band at the 2006 Edinburgh Tattoo and, later that year, leading a Defence Force Band for the unveiling of the NZ Memorial in Hyde Park London.
Staff Sergeant Mitchell was appointed the Senior Instructor School of Music in 2008 which involved continuing the musical development of both New Zealand Army Band musicians and musicians on the MAP Bandsman Course from other countries. This also included a short deployment to East Timor to help establish and train members of the F-FDTL to form a military band.
In January 2010, he was appointed to Bandmaster. He led the band musically for two years performing a wide variety of concerts around New Zealand and overseas and coming up with innovative and entertaining concepts for performances.
SSGT Mitchell was re-appointed to his current position as Drum Major of the New Zealand Army Band in 2012.
This page was last reviewed on 09 June 2016 and is current.