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Posted - Jul 14 2014 :  06:37:03 AM  Link directly to this topic  Show Profile  Visit satchmo67's Homepage  Send satchmo67 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This was a pretty special occasion for me last week, thought I would share....

I have just returned from trekking the grueling 96km Kokoda Track, through the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

As a trumpet player I have played The Last Post many times over the years in Australia, but I could not pass through such a significant WWII battlefield without paying my respects the best way I know how. This is Isurava PNG, where a beautiful monument marks the sight of some of the toughest fighting and heaviest casualties of the Papua New Guinea campaign.

It was dawn a little after 6:00am on Thursday 10 July 2014, as the sun rose behind the mountain range at Isurava. The natural reverb of the valley can be heard as I play, as can a nearby stream. I played a "Storm" pocket trumpet that was carried along the Kokoda Track in my backpack. I couldn't find an appropriate bugle in time for the trek, and I was not prepared to drag my regular trumpet on a journey like that. Present for this unique dawn service was my son Brent Badger and other trekkers. After the service we continued our trek towards the village of Kokoda.
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Posted - Aug 07 2014 :  4:16:16 PM  Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Visit jwgilmore's Homepage  Send jwgilmore a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow very nicely done Gary! I don't visit the Forum as often as in the past so just now seeing it. Thanks for sharing!

John W. Gilmore

'Music is one of God's greatest gifts.' - Chuck Mangione
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