Coronavirus, COVID-19: Wellington musician to play The Last Post at home

Despite the fact that the coronavirus outbreak has cancelled all Anzac Day commemorations, the president of the Wellington Town Band will still pay his respect to those who have given their lives to this country.

RSL NSW has cancelled all public Anzac Day commemoration services as coronavirus spreads across the state and country.

The organisation made the decision following discussions with the state government on March, 16 after social gatherings of more than 500 people were banned.

RSL NSW acting president Ray James said the "risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high for these events to continue in their traditional format".

Earlier this week, Dubbo's Eric Smith saw a social media post calling for musicians to go outside and play The Last Post outside their homes on April 25.

He has been practising playing The Last Post for a number of months and with the cancellations of all Anzac Day commemorations this year thought it was a great initiative to be a part of.

"It's going to be quite poignant in that we're all going to be together but separate. We're all going to be like-minded and acting to the one purpose but we won't be shoulder to shoulder, we will be spreading ourselves over the country," Mr Smith said.

"It (the cancellations of Anzac Day commemorations) is certainly going to make it unique in our experience..."

Mr Smith will play The Last Post in his driveway when the usual dawn service ceremony would have taken place and hopes other local musicians can take part.

"I would hate for Anzac Day to pass with no acknowledgement, it would just be terrible, so I have to do my part," he said.

"This is the opportunity for all of us who have thought about it, stressed about it and thought this is too hard and I'll never be good enough (to the play The Last Post)... start practising and just do it."

The Wellington Town Band president has been a part of the Wellington Anzac Day services for a number of years and start practising for the parade about now.

"We're pretty focused on that and I don't think the band would comfortable just let it go, we'd all want to contribute and still do something, because it's something we all believe in," Mr Smith said.

He said being a part of the Anzac Day commemorations is a way to pay respect to past and current service men and women.

"My father and his father were both in the Armed Services, so for me it's just paying my respect to those who have done their part for our country and continue to do so," Mr Smith said.

"Personally, I think Anzac Day in the unifying public event in Australia... it's the one where we all sit back and think this is who we are and this is how we got here...."

So far the social media event, called 'ANZAC Day Reverse-Flash Mob' has garnered a number of interested people.

"It would be just great to have the Anzac spirit in the early morning air, it would be just brilliant," Mr Smith said.

If you would like to find out more on the ANZAC Day Reverse-Flash Mob, please search for it on Facebook.