COVID-19: Sheldon College teacher calls on brass musicians to play Last Post, Reveille after Redlands Anzac services cancelled

ANZAC DAY: Sheldon College performance manager Alastair Tomkins has come up with the Music for Mateship initiative to show support for service personnel.
ANZAC DAY: Sheldon College performance manager Alastair Tomkins has come up with the Music for Mateship initiative to show support for service personnel.

A REDLANDS teacher is encouraging musicians to play an important role in Anzac Day commemorations as Australians prepare to mark the occasion during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sheldon College performance manager Alastair Tomkins has come up with the Music for Mateship initiative to show support for service personnel after Anzac Day services were called off earlier this month amid coronavirus fears.

It comes as Queensland RSL encouraged residents to stand at the end of their driveway or in their homes and for a short, livestreamed commemorative service at 6am on April 25.

Music for Mateship encourages musicians to not only take part in the ceremony but also to use their talents to play the Last Post and Reveille, or Rouse, as heard at a traditional dawn service.

A number of Sheldon College brass students had jumped onboard and were proud to be able to perform these symbolic pieces on a day dedicated to remembering those who fought and died for their country many years ago.

"There are hundreds of brass instrument players across Brisbane and thousands across Queensland including brass students, brass teachers, community band members and orchestral players," Mr Tomkins said.

"I am hoping that this initiative will help many Australians continue to participate in Anzac Day as they will still experience the playing of the Last Post and Rouse coming from driveways across the city.

"Yes, we have been asked to isolate and social distance, but we can still be united on Anzac Day by music and show our respect in a traditional way."

Queensland RSL said the Anzac spirit comprised qualities like courage, ingenuity, humour, endurance and mateship.

"In the current climate, we're reminding Australians that we all bear these qualities within us, ready to come to the fore when we need them."

To take part in the Music for Mateship initiative, download and practice the music for the Last Post and Reveille, notify your neighbours via a letterbox drop and be ready on your driveway by 6am on April 25.

Play the Last Post, observe a minute's silence, then play Reveille.

To learn more about the initiative and to register your support, please visit the Music for Mateship Facebook page or musicformateship.org.