Max continues Last Post tradition

Since 1968 Max Mildren has provided the memorable sound of the Last Post at Anzac Day andRemembrance Day ceremonies in Lockhart.

A lung infection damaging half his lungsmay have slowed him down physically but hasn’t affected his ability to play.

“I can’t do a lot but it hasn’t affected by trumpet playing,” Mr Mildren said.

Since starting to play Mr Mildren hasn’t missed a single Anzac Day and only one RemembranceDay when he was having bypass surgery in Sydney.

He plans on continuing to play at ceremonies for as long as his health allows.

His passion for trumpet began as a10-year-old when he joined the Albury City band.

At 12 he started to learn the Last Post.

It took himtwo years to learn it properly.

The hard work paid off and he was namedthe officialbugler for the Albury RSL.

Getting involved with RSLs and playing the last post was inevitable withhis father in the air force,his eldest brother and cousin both in the navy and two of his uncles wounded in World War One in France.

He has played the Last Post all over the Riverina and in north east Victoria.

The 83-year-old has trained countless musicians over the years, never once taking payment for a lesson.

Mr Mildren is the heart and soulof the Lockhart town band.

The band originally closed in 1922 but 40 years ago Mr Mildrenbrought the band back to life.

The band had 32 musicians when it was at it’s best.

The band now has five musicians and 15 learners, five of whom are playing the trumpet.

Mr Mildren hopes he can train one of the five to play the Last Post.

This year he plans to play at Lockhart and Boree Creek.

Bugler: Max Mildren has played the last post at Anzac Day sine 1968.

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