Mildura Weekly : Friday December 13 Vol 8 No 7
www.milduraweekly.com.au 12 Mildura Weekly – 13/12/13 • From Page 9 “As it happened, all the soldiers from the 8th Division were taken prisoner. “Cousin Aubrey attempted to escape and was executed by the Japanese. “Frank Emmett died back in Australia due to injuries he received when he was working on the Burma Railway and got belted around the head with a bamboo cane. “Lachlan Gilbert was killed in action while the remaining solders either died from malnutrition or through mistreatment. “Nothing was ever said about this by my father, and if it hadn’t of been for Coral, I may very well have been with them.” The Marksman covers Rex’s time in the army abroad, including his presumed death at the hands of enemy soldiers, and subse- quent return to Australia. All that is a tale far too long for the Mil- dura Weekly. We can tell you, however, that in 1953 Rex was one of the 100 Army personal to be selected to represent Australia at the Coro- nation of Queen Elizabeth, followed by a six-month goodwill tour of the world. Life after the army saw Rex become one of the founding members of the dealer net- work for Mazda Australia. While working for Mazda, Rex pur- chased land in Colignan for an Angus cattle stud farm, before making the move back to Ouyen in 1989. Rex now calls Mildura home, residing in 10th Street. While his hearing is fading, his memory is as sharp as ever, and ‘The Marksman’ is a detailed account of his time at war. Rex’s daughter Kaye said the family was keen to see the book published, and is put- ting the call out for any assistance. Those who can help can contact Kaye on 0408 574 332. Rex’s war-time stories win two awards By VINNIE RODI FORMER Mildura resident Jess Rodda, 26, has taken the next step in her promising mu- sical career, with the talented tuba player to embark on a tour of Ontario, Michigan and New York. Touring alongside her group the ‘Interna- tional Low Brass Trio,’ the three-city tour will get under way tomorrow, and end on January 19. The trio is considered the first of its kind, and sees members combine a love of 1980s pop music with The Beatles, David Bowie, classic jazz and new compositions. Jess will be joined by Jeff Dittmer (horn) and Gabe Cruz (trombone) – from Canada and America respectively – for the tour, with the trio commissioning more than 12 new works for the event – many of which will also be recorded for the group’s debut album, which will be released in March, 2014. The tour will include numerous concert appearances, with Jess to also perform various master classes at a number of schools along the way. Born and raised in Mildura, Jess was in- troduced to tuba through the Mildura District Brass Band while attending Trinity Lutheran College. What started as a fun past-time soon turned into a career opportunity, with a visit to Mildura by Orchestra Victoria the catalyst for her decision to pursue her tuba dreams. Jess left Mildura for Adelaide at the end of 2005 – following the completion of her VCE studies – taking a spot at the University of Adelaide. Following the completion of a two-year course, she made the move to Melbourne, where she spent a year instructing other bud- ding musicians. Shortly after that experience she was invit- ed to attend a week-long Orchestral Summer School in New Zealand, a trip that saw her fall in love with the country, and the University of Auckland. Jess soon decided to call New Zealand home, completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland in 2010, before add- ing a Masters of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to her resume in 2013, thanks in part to a $26,000 scholarship to help cover tuition and living expenses, with Jess also studying under Jeff Anderson – the principal tuba with the San Francisco Sym- phony Orchestra, and one of the best players in the world. One of only two tuba students accepted into the highly competitive program, Jess is currently completing her ‘Professional Stud- ies Diploma’ – a one-year bridging program designed to allow students to concentrate on solo performances, orchestral performance and chamber music. Now calling San Francisco home, Jess and her International Low Brass Trio companions are currently running an ‘Indiegogo Cam- paign’ in an effort to raise funds for both the tour and album. Jess said the aim was to raise $4000, with more than $1200 already accounted for. More information, or to donate to the cause, is available by visiting www.indiegogo. com/projects/international-low-brass-trio-s- canadian-tour. Tuba-playing Jess all set for tour of Canada, US • MUSICAL MATES: Former Mildura resident – and International Low Brass Trio member – Jess Rodda (centre), with fellow band mates Jeff Dittmer (left) and Gabe Cruz. Local people, local knowledge, looking after your business Insurance 97-99 Lime Avenue, Mildura 3500 Phone (03) 5025 8777 www.eldersinsurance.com.au MILDURA | BROKEN HILL | ALICE SPRINGS | SWAN HILL Call today for a personal approach to your insurance.
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