On Sunday, 12 October, 2014 18 young people and their families arrived at the Wagga RSL for the Wagga Choir Mob's First Practice+ and Info Day. As people arrived, the room was a buzz with an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation. While some were playing jacks, others were gathered around Jim Kimball, a direct descendant of World War 1 and the Kangaroo March who had bought a special box on loan from a friend with letters and cards from the Western Front and Gallipoli.
John Duke, also a descendant of WW1 had the special box of his uncle "Wagga" Reginald Duke along with three generations of the Duke family present. A video was played showing the choir singing "at Gallipoli" (via mobile phone) at the grave of Reginald Duke in Shrapnel Valley, Gallipoli.
After a short introduction by Rhondda and OJ, Michael McCormack MP, Don Rowe NSW RSL State President and Kevin Kerr, Wagga Wagga RSL President officially opened the Wagga Mob with Don Rowe presenting the Mob's Certificate of Commencement. Marg Davies and Liz Lieschke then took the choir practice while Rhondda and OJ spoke to the parents.
The finale was to hear the new choir Mob perform three songs they learned during their first practice. It was a special end to a special day with Mae, one of the Studio Choir from Junee showing great leadership as she took the microphone to take the vocal lead.
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