Music Literature Work

Sally in Year 9 has sent in some exceptional work all about her musical talents and her association with the Sea Cadets. It talks about the history of the Bugle and details some really interesting information. Below the images is a typed-up version of Sally’s work.


On the 1st of November I was asked by the commanding officer of York Sea Cadet Unit to play ‘The Last Post’ on Remembrance Sunday to George Edwin Ellison, the last British soldier to be killed in the First World War. There was to be a ceremony at the end of Skeldergate at 9:10 am where George was born. I was given ten days to practise and play the piece for the day. I had not ever played ‘The Last Post’ before and found it hard as a bugle is all about the embouchure of your mouth. 

As you can see in this picture, my commanding officer gave me this Bugle to play for the commemoration. It came without a mouthpiece and needed a good polish. Also the tuning slide was stuck which meant we had to get it out. After we tried those things I ended up having to use my own bugle.

For the period of time had, I practised at least an hour a day. I managed to do three lines of the music but when I got to bars 28-34 the rhythm and pitch became increasingly hard. I took it to my trumpet lesson so I could ask about it and my teacher said that if I practised enough I could probably manage it.

Previously in my bronze award I talked about being in the church band where I played the clarinet. Eight days into playing ‘The Last Post’ I was still struggling at the piece of music; so after we had finished I talked to the leader of the band (Angela Anelay) about it, she said she has known professional buglers do it for many years and still get it wrong. Then she said that I had tried hard but should do it next year in 2019 to get it right. From that professional advice, I realised I couldn’t do it this year but next year. After that I went to Bob Tanner and told him I hadn’t had enough time and that I should do it next time when I have had enough practice for it. Even though I couldn’t do it I still had the chance to go to the commemoration of George Edwin Ellison.

The Last Post History:

The Last Post is played for those who have fallen while at war. it has been around for hundreds of years, it sounds very distinctive. Being a piece played for military ceremonies, it is very important but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1790s it was a simple song used by the British army. It was started so soldiers would know what time it was; waking up or dinnertime. In the mid-1800s, it changed into something of greater importance. As many soldiers were dying, in lots of wars the traditional way of remembering could not continue; so they decided to play The Last Post on the Bugle to signify a soldier’s death.