Hayden to play Last Post in tribute to Grandfather
HAYDEN Capell is literally heralding a new generation of remembrance this Anzac Day as he plays the Last Post in memory of his grandfather.
The James Nash High School Year 11 student and his trumpet will deliver the Last Post at all four services in Gympie on Sunday and Monday, but it won't be the first time he has played the emotional call.
He volunteered to sound the Last Post at his grandfather's funeral late last year.
"They just asked, because he'd served, if somebody would play the Last Post," Hayden said.
"I knew that I could, so I thought 'why not?'."
Despite his confidence, he felt pressured to execute a performance that would make his grandfather proud.
"People really care; they want it to be right," he said.
"People came up to me and said how much it moved them."
It was an emotional experience for Hayden.
"I was so close to him throughout my whole life," he said.
"When he was getting on in life, he started to develop memory loss, but even when he couldn't remember my name, he knew my face and knew that I played trumpet.
"In the last weeks that he was alive, he just kept telling me to keep practising my trumpet.
"It meant a lot to be able to play something he really loved."
Monday will mark the first Anzac Day since Hayden's grandfather died.
"I think about him a lot," Hayden said.
"It's a great time to celebrate all the stuff he did."
It's also the first time in years a trumpet player has delivered the last post at a Gympie service.
"For a long while, they've been played a recording," Hayden said.
"It was this year they looked to try and get some kids into it."
He said several trumpet players had already turned down the offer to play at a service.
"Nobody was really that confident about it," he said.
"But I said I could do it, so they gave me all of them.
"It means a lot to me."
"It's a hard song, but it's easy to remember.
"You just have to get the technique right."
Hayden will play at the Lighting of the Flame Ceremony, the Dawn Service, the Commemoration Service and the Anzac Day March.