A SELF-described musical dabbler has become the first female bugler to play at Albury Anzac Day services.
Verity Cotter was recruited to the role after playing The Last Post on trumpet at the Albury Club last year.
She ordered a replica old-time bugle from Adelaide and was practising at her Splitters Creek for up to two hours a day ahead of yesterday's dawn and daytime services.
The Charles Sturt University agriculture student also played at the Commercial, SS&A and Albury clubs.
Xavier High School leaders Daveida Azzi and Bryle Molina gave readings at the 10am service.
Bryle read Henry Lawson's poem Scots of the Riverina written in 1917 about a lad from Gundagai who leaves home to fight in the Great War.
"The boy was killed in Flanders, where the best and bravest die," Bryle recited.
"There were tears at the Grahame homestead and grief in Gundagai."