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Producer Shelley Wilkinson talks about something that is dear to her heart, and which surfaced through family memories and memorabilia, namely a photo of her Great Uncle Cecil Mead holding his bugle.
Each episode of Bugle Stories looks at a different shiny or dull facet of a little copper and brass instrument, the standard army issue bugle.
The stories range across basic facts about the instrument, a bugle with tattoos, children who played the bugle (Shelley's brother, for one!), the messages it embodies, a sad story from Feilding and a very special bugle call.
Look at photos that accompany this series here
Host Shelley Wilkinson starts with some practical facts; what it actually is, how to play it, its history and what sort of music is played on it. Read more Audio
From its adventures overseas in 1915 this bugle arrived back in New Zealand with souvenir tattoos. Its discovery in 1963 then eventually led to the bugle returning to its regimental home, and now it's… Read more Audio
Bugles and children are historically paired together. Today's bugle story moves from 19th century bugle boys through to a 21st century bugle girl. Read more Audio
What message does the bugle's call send out? Either conveying something arousing or sorrowful, the bugle call can be used in the camps and battlefields, in poems and songs, on stage, in classical… Read more Audio
The shrapnel torn bugle lives at the National Army Museum in Waiouru. It tells us a sad story about a family wondering how their boy is faring on the other side of the world, about death and about the… Read more Audio
The Last Post: what is it, what does it mean to an old soldier, to civilians and to musicians hearing and performing it these days? Read more Audio