Bugles - Last Post - Here they come—A day to remember

Running time
1 min 42 secs
Date made
Place made
Australia

This video focuses on the bugle. Bugles are musical instruments that were played during battles to send instructions to soldiers. A tune called The Last Post marked the end of the day when the soldiers were resting. At a commemorative service, hearing this tune reminds us that those who died are now at peace. The video is part of a series developed to support our Here They Come—A Day to Remember picture book and animated video, designed for lower primary school students. 

Transcript

[Music]

Have you ever tried to play one of these?
This is a musical instrument called a bugle.
Bugles were used during war.
They were very loud so they could be heard for long distances.
Different tunes gave different instructions to soldiers during battle.

The last post is a tune played after the duty soldier had checked everyone was resting.
It was played to mark the end of the day.
In our story we saw a person playing a tune called the last post on a bugle.
The last post reminds us that those who died are at peace.
It is played before those at a commemoration have a minute of silence.

I wonder if this is hard to play.
Shall I have a go?
[Attempting to play bugle]
That's a lot harder than I thought.
But I have someone here who can help me.
Hello John.
Hello Warren.
John how long have you been playing the bugle for?
I started playing when I was nine years old.
And that's 58 years ago.
And I play it at Anzac Day ceremonies to commemorate those who fought and died in wars.
Would you like me to show you?
Oh, I would love it if you would.

[Last post played on bugle]

Well he is a lot better at it than me.
I wonder if you would like to learn how to play the bugle one day?
What a special honour.