ORANGE schoolboy Lachlan Cisco played reveille and the last post on Friday for Anzac services with all the aplomb of a musician many years his senior.
Lachlan, 13, who is a student at Kinross Wolaroi School, says he hopes to continue making a contribution to Anzac Day services in Orange in future years. He played during yesterday’s remembrance ceremonies at the crematorium and Orange cemetery.
“My playing is just a way that I can show my respect for all the diggers,” Lachlan said.
A talented pianist and singer as well as a trumpeter, Lachlan says he has been inspired to pursue his love of music through a number of teachers.
“Mrs Alchin at Calare Public School was the first to encourage me and Mr Merchant from the RSL saw me play and asked me to play for Anzac Day,” he said.
Lachlan’s father Jeff Cisco said he is proud of his son’s commitment to Anzac Day.
“And I am proud of all my children,” he said.
Lachlan who is taught at Kinross Wolaroi by Craig Alloway says he spends many hours a week practising and playing.
“I suppose altogether I end up playing about 20 hours a week,” he said.
Mr Cisco said his son has been fortunate to have been encouraged by a number of mentors in Orange since he took up playing the trumpet at, 5, and they include Sarah Donohue from the PCYC brass band, Colleen Alchin and his current teacher Craig Alloway.
Lachlan’s performance followed the pilgrimage to Lone Pine Avenue where a tree now grows from a cutting brought back by a descendent of a soldier who fought in the Battle of Lone Pine where five Australian soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross during the battle which lasted eight hours.