Staff Bio

Tony CookCPA, MS-Tax

  • Position
  • Senior Manager
  • Since
  • 2011
  • Alma Mater
  • Western Washington University
  • Specialties
  • Business ConsultingTax

An eight-instrument, one-man show.

I guess I should credit my musical abilities to my mom and dad – we never had a TV growing up. I was bored, so I picked up a guitar and started playing it. Then, I had the chance to play an instrument in the school band. And while my mom and dad never had a TV, they did have a clarinet laying around the house. So, I picked it up and gave it a try. On from the guitar and clarinet was the trombone, tuba, bass, piano and drums. Wait, that’s only seven. What’s the eighth again? Oh yeah, vocals.

While I spent my younger years playing at school and forming bands with my teenage friends, I set my sights a bit higher when I reached college. I was writing songs and playing solo performances at coffee shops around town. And then, a couple buddies and I formed our own official band! We had big dreams to play professionally and started our journey of recording two studio albums together.

But alas, my greater passion of numbers prevailed. I started my professional career in public accounting and earned my master’s degree in taxation. I set aside my strings and drumsticks for a while… until, of course, I had to be my own 40th birthday party’s entertainment (spending more than a year writing the songs and practicing with my bandmates).

And while there would appear to be absolutely no parallels between my two passions – music and accounting – I’m always surprised by how much they lean on one another. It’s through music that I’ve learned to always keep improving. It’s absolutely possible to learn new skills if you have a growth mindset and believe that you can. Who knows? Maybe it’s time to add instrument #9 to the list.

“ And while there would appear to be absolutely no parallels between my two passions – music and accounting – I’m always surprised by how much they lean on one another. ”