History handed down

Zach van Camp trying out the bugle given to him by Eric Jennison.A former NASHO has given his prized possession – a bugle – to a musician who has started playing at the Anzac Day dawn service at Clarence Town.

The bugle, believed to be around 150 years old, was purchased at an Army disposal store by Eric Jennison.

The 77-year-old, who moved to Clarence Town 20 years ago, did National Service in the Army in 1954 and then joined the Citizens Military Forces.

“I was sort of self-taught on the bugle. A few of my mates and I would get together and give it a go,” Mr Jennison said.

“I was never very good.

“But when we got together I would get it out and we would all make a bit of a racket.

“I got listening to Zach [van Camp] and thought that maybe he would like it.”

The 19-year-old university student started playing the trumpet in year 4 when he was a student at Thornton Public School.

“My dad and I used to go along to Steamfest and I was inspired by the bands that used to play there,” he said.

“I had lessons and then we moved to Clarence Town five years ago and I started doing Anzac Day services two years later.”

Last month was Zach’s third dawn service in the village and he was “honoured” when Eric gave him the bugle.

“It’s very generous of him,” he said.

“The bugle is a bit different to a trumpet in that it has no valves but pitches just the same.

“I can almost play the Last Post on it, but I need a bit more polishing.”

Mr Jennison said he wasn’t after any glory when the Chronicle caught up with him.

“It was just sitting in the drawer at home and it felt like a nice thing to do,” he said.

“I thought it would be nice for Zach to play the bugle at next year’s service.

“He’s got good lips and the pressure to play it . . . I can’t see why he can’t make a good bugle player.”

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