Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will play the pipes at Anzac Cove at the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Picture: Peter StoopWHEN the sun rises over Anzac Cove on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will think only of the job at hand.
Corporal Cameron-Taylor is a member of the Australian Army Band Newcastle and the army’s only full-time piper. He will be the lone Australian pipe player sent to Gallipoli to play at the dawn service.
‘‘On the day I really focus on my job and filter everything else out,’’ he said.
‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘this is Gallipoli’, or that it has been 100 years since the first Anzac Day.
‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘there’s a camera six inches from my face with a feed going back to Australia’. If you think about anything other than what you’re doing, that’s it, you’re finished.’’
This year is the centenary of the fateful World War I military landing that has woven itself into the fabric of Australia’s identity.
It is also Corporal Cameron-Taylor’s third time playing at Anzac Cove, but that does not take away from the nerves he is feeling.
‘‘I get the nervous before every performance. The nature of being a musician is that you don’t know how things are going to go,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a unique thing though. ‘‘It’s cold. You’re usually up all night before so by 4.30am you haven’t really slept. And it’s a big thing. It’s high profile. It will certainly be a highlight of my military career.’’
Playing the Gallipoli service previously has meant becoming familiar with the area, and the peculiar feeling of the place.
‘‘The commemoration site is on the edge of the cove. There’s a steep hill behind you, and you stare out to the sea,’’ he said. ‘‘You hear the sea before you see it. It’s dark when you begin, and then the sun rises and you slowly start to see the water and an island out off the coast.
‘‘It’s quite eerie [but] more than anything it’s sad. Very, very sad.’’