Secret lives of staff: Westmead Hospital nurse by day, rock star by night

During the day, he’s a mild-mannered nurse manager in post-anaesthetic care at Westmead Hospital. After-hours, Trevor Court transforms into rock legend and bass guitarist for The Australian Fleetwood Mac Experience 

“Originally I was planning to be a full-time musician rather than have a full-time career in nursing,” he said. 

Trevor started his musical career playing trumpet and French horn during his teenage years. Later, he met some members of the Fleetwood Mac tribute band while playing music at the Hillsong Church. 

Life then changed significantly for the married father of three after he joined Westmead Hospital in 1988 as a registered nurse.  

“It wasn’t long after I started working at Westmead Hospital that I swapped my priorities around, because I really loved nursing and my music became my passionate hobby,” he said. 

As nurse unit manager, Trevor leads an amazing team of dedicated nurses who provide critical care to patients post-surgery. 

“My team supports me at work and out of work because they come and watch me play in the band,” Trevor said. 

“A couple of highlights which I’ll never forget include the time I played trumpet for the late Jon English and Australian 80s band The Reels.  

“The largest crowd I’ve played to was 8000 people for a Youth Alive concert at the Hordern Pavilion and it was a huge adrenalin rush!” 

He said COVID-19 had been devastating for many of his musician friends who had not made an income since March. 

“So I’m blessed to have a nursing career which I enjoy and helps support my family. 

“I hope in 2021 I can get back to casually performing live music again with the band and return to the Hawkesbury Jazz Club to play the trumpet. 

“Our next band gig is scheduled for February 2021 at Newcastle and I can’t wait to get the band back on the road.”