Musicians to call their own driveway tributes

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Jackson BarrettSouth Western Times
Jonah Golds will take part in a musical tribute from his driveway on Anzac Day.
Camera IconJonah Golds will take part in a musical tribute from his driveway on Anzac Day.

Bunbury musicians will become part of a national tribute when they step outside at dawn to commemorate Anzac Day with the playing of The Last Post.

RSL Queensland raised the idea of the tribute which was then promoted by renowned Australian musician James Morrison and gained traction online.

The Last Post is the traditional bugle call that signalled the end of the day’s activities and is also used at commemorative services such as military funerals, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Brass player Jonah Golds, 15, is a part of the Bunbury Senior High School band and the Bunbury City Band, and he says that music has an important role in cultural events.

“Music was always an important part of war for a lot of different reasons and it’s also an important part of the community,” he said.

Musicians of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to take part at 5.55 am, in place of the traditional dawn service.

“Music brings people together and it breaks language barriers and cultural barriers and it is one of the best ways to get people together for a common goal.” .

Jonah learnt the trumpet at high school before taking up the cornet with the Bunbury City Band.

“The best thing about playing a brass instrument is the variety of styles and things that you can do,” he said. “I started out playing for the Anzac Day services at all the primary schools and then the high schools and I have also played at football matches and other services outside of Anzac Day.”

Bunbury RSL and Bunbury City Band president John Gelmi praised Jonah’s contribution.

“He’s a very smart player and an impressive young man,” Mr Gelmi said.

Despite his age, Jonah has a strong understanding of the importance of the day.

“It’s important to continue with our commemorations even during our situation because it shows that we are still grateful for the sacrifices they made,” he said.

“This will be my fourth Anzac Day playing the cornet, but this one is a little bit different.”

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