Last Post

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by maestO_SO_musical, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. Hi are any of you playing the last post this year?

    It's absolute hell where I am as there are 6 towns, each with a cenotaph, and my band plays at a service near one of them so we have 6 cornet players who play and then speed to the band and join in the concert.

    Does anyone else have any stories about remembarace day?
  2. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    I'll be doing two - Eccleston (am) and Mawdesley (pm), have done for 20+ years.

    Best memories - 50th anniversary of VE day, big service in Leyland,and I had the honour. Very moving. Then I got asked to help Longridge out that night at a VE day concert, beer at 1945 prices, great night!

    For me, there is no more important parade in the year. And anyone who can't give a little time (even just two minutes silence) to think of those who died so they can be free, well, they are beneath contempt.
  3. tutin_trumpeta

    tutin_trumpeta New Member

    Best I can do is: I played the Last Post at Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium although it wasn't Remembrance Day, and I've also played at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, (3 times) although I didn't actually play the Last post there - that's the job of the Local Firemen.
  4. CubbRep

    CubbRep Member

    I have only missed playing The Last Post once since 1973.I was a drummer bugler in the army.This year I will be playing at The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas,on the steps of the new Armed forces Memorial,dedicated only last week by Her Majesty The Queen.
    This will be the 1st Armistice day at the new memorial.I will be playing with The Warwickshire Band.R.R.F,on Bugle,and playing solo cornet at the service before I play The Last Post.I think it will also be televised.
    There was a thread some time ago about Last Post,about players and who is playing.
    CubbRep..Repiano Cornet.Cubbington Silver Band.
  5. mell c

    mell c Member

    I will be playing the last post at Burbage again this year, with Burbage Silver Band.
  6. CubbRep

    CubbRep Member

    Good on ya Mell.See you at practice tomo.(Croft)
    CubbRep.:clap: :tup
  7. Lucky you!

    Where will it be televised?
  8. jackocorn

    jackocorn Member

    Wish I'd thought of getting some sponsors - I did a "Last Post-a-thon" last year. Managed 7 in the remembrance week. One of those was even an encore (kind of) for the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

    My daughters were not too pleased when I turned up to play at their School assembly - the power of embarrassment!

    Will be doing my usual stint in Nailsea, but wll get out of the separate Nailsea town Centre one as the 11th is the Sunday
  9. Like most if not all of you guys I do it all from memory. Afterall it's not hard to remember, right? .... Then again I did once whilst on autopilot find myself thinking, "hang on, this isn't right, I've already played this bit... Where am I? What's next? £$%&, ok, let's just carry on eight bars from the end and hope nobody notices". Only a few players noticed!
  10. CubbRep

    CubbRep Member

    It will probably be on National TV.Coinciding with the Senotaph in London.(I hope!!!):tup
  11. CubbRep

    CubbRep Member

    You are correct,it isn't hard to remember.I have played it that many times it just comes naturally.But saying that,I know quite a few players who read it from march card.
    Do you play it on cornet?
    I always play it on a bugle.It sounds more authentic.
    Do you also play Reveille Rouse after the 2 minutes silence?(Not Charlie,Charlie)
  12. andyh

    andyh Supporting Member

    Well done to you, and I mean that sincerely. I lost my paternal grandfather in WW2 and always will regret that I never knew him. I went to the Royal Hospital School which some may know is a Naval school with a very strong RN tradition, so Sunset and Last Post ceremonies have always meant a lot to me. I have long wanted my own band to use a bugle for Remembrance Sunday, unfortunately it has yet to happen.

  13. andyh

    andyh Supporting Member

    edited to note that as of last year I managed to persuade my Dad to wear his medals on Remembrance Sunday, the first time he has done so in my memory. Made me proud.
  14. CubbRep

    CubbRep Member

    Well done Andy.I am still trying to get my Dad to come to an Armistice/Remembrance Parade for years,but to no avail.But he has a problem standing for long periods,it would be nice for once.He is a very proud man,having served in 9 Sqdn Para Engineers.He has only heard me play,when one of my sisters took a cam-corder to record me playing in Nuneaton 2 years ago.But he has seen my picture in the local paper many times.As usual,I will play to the best of my ability and not only be proud for my Regiment,but for all those brave servicemen who gave their lives for the freedom that we enjoy.
    CubbRep..Repiano cornet..Cubbington silver Band.
    Principle cornet..The Warwickshire Band.Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
  15. andyh

    andyh Supporting Member

    Yes, I understand that. Dad won't talk about his wartime experiences but I do know that his first ship was HMS Black Swan and when he joined her she had recently sunk the submarine that had sunk HMS Dunedin and killed his own father... I can only imagine how he felt then. He then was involved in the Yangtze Incident where Black Swan was sent up the Yangtze River under fire from the Chinese Communists to escort HMS Amethyst back to safety, which is where one of his decorations came from. Getting him to talk about it is difficult, so getting him to wear his medals is something I am particularly pleased about. Now that he has done so once, I'm sure he will wear them again next month.

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  16. CubbRep

    CubbRep Member

    I hope he does for you Andy.You are obviously very proud of him,the same as I am of my father.Unlike yours,my Dad is always talking his experiences.Even the time when he was blown up in Malaya.He has 4 or 5 pieces of shrapnel on top of his head,that are still visible today.
    Anyway enough of this talk.We are it seems proud of our Dad's and long may it be so.As you have read already,I am at the Arboretum at Alrewas on the 11th.And will be doing as good a job as I can when playing.
  17. andyh

    andyh Supporting Member

    Yes, I had noted that - there's a memorial to HMS Dunedin there, so I'll be remembering that on the 11th. Hope it goes well for you.

    Spookily, I've played the for the remembrance service in the same church now for 6 years on the trot and every single time, in the 2 min silence I've heard a "phantom" bugler playing well after the closing notes of the Last Post have else in the band will believe me :)

  18. GJonno

    GJonno New Member

    Best wishes for the Arboretum. At such a significant location, that will be a really moving experience.

    I lived in Alrewas for 10 years and saw the arboretum being built, beautiful place.

    I'm now living up the road in Leicestershire. I will be doing last post & reveille at Newbold Verdon (village next door to Desford!). Breaking with tradition, I'll be playing on tenor horn. The locals don't seem to mind though as they invited back after last years effort. Aparently, they had been 'bugleless' for about 10 years before that, so even t.horn is seen as a bonus..... I'd play on a hose pipe for rememberance day if it helped in any way.............
  19. DMBabe

    DMBabe Supporting Member

    I do it on trumpet and have it on card although don't really read it, it's just a comfort blanket in case my brain goes!

    The thing I look forward to every year is the minister who looks like James Dreyfus and the Piper who has more than a few drams before he starts! The fumes could knock you out more than the tassels on the end of his pipes! Was once rescued from potentially nasty injury by said minister as the piper swung himself round at great force narrowly missing my face with his pipes! That combined with the Seargent Major who has issues with his lefts and rights and it makes for entertainment all round. I know it should be a solemn occasion but have been assured by a few of the veterans they think it's the best laugh you can have on a cold sunday morning in November!
  20. mell c

    mell c Member

    I am always proud to do the last post. I only wish my grandad was still alive to see me do it as it was him that got me into banding, he served in Burma in the RAF.

    .............and CubbRep (Richard) I didn't know i was playing the wrong Revaille, if you have a copy of the one i should be playing that would be much appreciated. (and yes i play from the card, to nervous to do it without)

    Mellissa x

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