Blowing NAJEX’s trumpet

October 14, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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The N.S.W. Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women (NAJEX)has appointed Louis Orner as its Honorary Bugler.

Louis Orner

Louis Orner

Louis is a Year 11 Student at Sydney’s Moriah College, studying Advanced English, Music 2, Physics, and Maths Extension 2.

He has performed the vital role of bugler at several of the commemorative functions of NAJEX and has always done so to a very high musical standard, creating a moving and highly charged atmosphere with his haunting bugle calls.

Louis started learning the trumpet In Year 3 and is in both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Senior Jazz Ensemble, part of Moriah’s music program run by Roberta Goot.

Apart from sounding the bugle for NAJEX and his school, Louis has also played bugle calls for the Montefiore Jewish Home and for the Freemasons.

In taking on this role, Louis follows a fine tradition of bugle playing at the NAJEX commemorative events on Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day. NAJEX’s most distinguished bugler was Mr Lindsay (Tov) Joseph, who was an original ANZAC and apart from being a member of NAJEX for almost 60 years, was appointed the official trumpeter of the Sydney Cenotaph when it was unveiled in 1929 and remained in that position until about 5 years before his death in 1980.

Louis Orner will be sounding the bugle at the next major event of NAJEX, its Remembrance Day Commemoration and Wreath Laying Ceremony at 9.30 am on Sunday 10th November at the Jewish War Memorial, 148 Darlinghurst Road.

This will be a very special event because it coincides with the 90th anniversary of the NSW Jewish War Memorial Building, which was opened by Sir John Monash on Remembrance Day 1923 with tremendous fanfare and community excitement and participation.


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