Last Post

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by nosray, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. jim miller

    jim miller Pianissimo User

    Sep 25, 2008
    In our non denomiational chapel service sunday the 9th we(two trumpets) will play last post(taps) O Canada & America the beautiful. I had an experience in the Marine Corps Band where they wanted ny horn to put in the grave with the flag & the deceased. I escaped in the funeral directors hearse. jim
  2. Graham

    Graham Pianissimo User

    Jun 8, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'm playing the Last Post in the middle of the city. It's gonna be interesting. At 10:58, a cop is gonna walk out and stop the traffic, and 10:59, I have to march out into the intersection, and at 11:00, I gotta give it a red-hot go!
  3. nosray

    nosray Pianissimo User

    Aug 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Hey, you shouldn't be complaining, we've got worse weather right now. We have a rainstorm while your in 15+ degrees sun!
  4. Brian H. Smout

    Brian H. Smout Piano User

    Hi All,

    The Left Coast weenies in Vancouver have it easy compared to playing the Last Post in Northwestern Ontario or worse yet, Winnipeg :-) Now that is for the truly stout of heart. Tip:
    vodka can keep you warm inside and your valves de-iced.


  5. trumpetlore

    trumpetlore Pianissimo User

    Apr 14, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Hello fellow Canuck's and others.
    I hear all of your comments, and totally agree. Last post is often an emotional thing, and it is good to be able to keep the emotion under control while you're playing. Usually not a problem for me, with one exception. Being in the military, you've gotta play lots of these. The hardest was for a military funeral. The guy died when his 18 tonne truck rolled. He was only about 22.
    Ya kinda get used to the emotions on Remembrance/Veterans Day, but I've never gotten used to the emotion when there's a unexpected loss. Nobody sees it coming...
    I'm in the states this year, but I think I may try to get my class to stop for a couple min to observe anyway.
    We will never forget...
  6. edcon1981

    edcon1981 Mezzo Forte User

    Jun 25, 2008
    Central Jersey
    i played last night in the courtyard of my apartment complex. ppl came to the windows and opened their doors. i was expecting to be yelled (or shot) at but when i was done they went back to what they were doing without a peep. it was a sureal moment.
  7. MFfan

    MFfan Fortissimo User

    Sep 13, 2006
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I played a pretty decent rendition, I think, in my living room, by myself( not counting the cats) , yesterday afternoon. Good way to remember the occaision and too cold to serenade the neighborhood. ( I do enough of that in the summer):lol:
  8. BergeronWannabe

    BergeronWannabe Piano User

    Feb 6, 2007
    The whole band class went by and the director never said anything
    about it. I'll give him the what for!
  9. Wlfgng

    Wlfgng Piano User

    Aug 15, 2008
    I played in the our shop yesterday, by the time I was done guys had turned their machines off and were quiet.

    Never expected that but my hats off to them for recognizing the piece and what it stands for.
  10. JRFIII

    JRFIII Pianissimo User

    Feb 20, 2008
    New Jersey

    First, to Chuck, thanks for posting the piece. I printed a copy off for myself.

    Being a Yankee I was not familiar with this piece. Yet as a history buff I appreciate all that the former Commonwealth sacrificed for the Crown in WW1 and at other times. So this was a great thread for me to read and become educated by.

    So I printed out a copy, took it to my community band practice last night, (sorry I missed the 11th hour) and played it as my bandmates were entering. I got lots of questions and comments and then passed it around the trumpet section and several others had a go at it. I hope that helps honor your fallen.


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