The Melbourne chapter of AABC Association had been hoping to celebrate this year’s Band Corps birthday in conjunction with a Memorial Service to be held at the Soldier Musician Memorial in the grounds of the DFSM at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday the 1st of August with lunch and drinks following at the Watsonia RSL. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this date has had to be abandoned.
With the aid of an extremely hazy crystal ball we had proposed that the event be put back to mid-September, and the DFSM has advised today that 12 September is the preferred date at this stage when, it is hoped restrictions will be lifted sufficiently to permit us to gather for the memorial service to remember the forebears of the Corps Killed in Action or Died on Active Service and then to gather in a more relaxed atmosphere to raise a glass in their honour and talk about the good old days.
Why the move away from the Limerick Arms? We feel that there is a case to suggest that Watsonia is a kind of ’spiritual’ home of the Corps in Victoria, due now to DFSM and the memorial. Vic members now come not just from one unit, and they live in many places around Victoria. The Limerick Arms was an AABM venue, and we’ve only really recently been going back there. Transport is pretty good to Watsonia, especially for those that might want to just attend the function.
It is also highly likely, and understandable, that even with an easing of restrictions for the general public access to Watsonia may still be problematic to ensure the integrity of the base so the majority of us will only be able to get to the social function. Hopefully we will be able to provide you with more information as soon as it comes to hand.
COVID has the ability to throw the best laid plans up into the air. We will just have to see how things go.
Looking forward to catching up with you on the 12th of September.
Christopher Stock Victorian Representative Australian Army Band Corps Association
Vale - Vivian Law
(19 July 2021)
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce that Viv Law passed away overnight.
Viv was the consummate professional soldier who was a mentor to many many young soldiers wherever he served.
Please don’t contact the boys at this stage as they are mourning and devastated that they couldn’t see their dad before he passed due to the lockdown.
The family aren’t sure about funeral arrangements at this stage due to the current strict lockdown in Sydney, but will possibly have a gathering after the lockdown to allow anyone who served with Viv to get together to celebrate his life.
AABC 53rd Birthday Celebration - Townsville
(14 July 2021)
The Band of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) would like to invite all former and serving members and partners to a small informal gathering at the Townsville RSL (in the ‘HMAS’ function room) on 2nd August, 1700 for 1730.
AABC 53rd Birthday Celebration - Perth
(14 July 2021)
The OC and members of the Australian Army Band Perth extend an invitation to celebrate at a luncheon at the Herdsman Tavern, Herdsman Parade, Wembley on 31st July at 12 noon.
All ex Australian Army musicians and corps drummers are invited to attend. Covid rules apply as necessary.
Vale - Wally Williams
(12 June 2021)
Neville Lloyd has advised the Association that he received a call from Wally's daughter Julie Williams who informed him that Wally had sadly passed away on Tuesday 8 June 2021.
Wally enlisted on 7 January 1956 as a Band Boy (6th Band Boy Class/10th Intake Army Apprentice) at the Army Apprentice School at Balcombe.
Units served in following his graduation from AAS: Kapooka Band, 1RAR Band (Malaya) and Central Command Band.
The funeral arrangements will be a graveside service to be held at Vaughan, Victoria on Friday 18 June 2021 at 1330. This will be followed by a meeting of family and friends at the Guildford Hotel (TBC).
RIP Wally... your duty done.
2021 AGM/Reunion Townsville
(29 March 2021)
The Registration form for the 2021 AGM and Reunion in Townsville can be found in the Members Area on this web site
If you require assistance accessing the Members Area please contact the website admin Stu Colhoun
Vale - Barry Rodgers
(22 Feb 2021)
Barry Rodgers, ex Northern Command Band, ex ASM, ex 2MD Band, ex 4MD Band, passed away on 21 Feb 2021.
A funeral service for Barry will be held on 26 March 2021 at 10am. Gregson & Weight Funeral Directors, 159 Wises Road, Buderim QLD.
Medals may be worn as a sign of respect for Barry's service. Due to COVID-19 restrictions numbers attending may be restricted.
Tony Sillcock has advised that Dougie Burnside, ex Central Command Band and 10 Bn RSAR Band, passed away on 21 Feb 2021.
On behalf of the Association I offer our sincere condolences. RIP Doug, job done.
AABC Association Award 2020
(16 Nov 2020)
The 2020 Australian Army Band Corps Association Award recipient is CPL Jacob Curro of AAB Kapooka - Citation
Noteworthy News Newsletter Archive
(26 Sep 2020)
Financial Association members can now access past editions of Noteworthy News on the Association website.
To gain access contact the Association Web Manager, Stu Colhoun, with your name and email address - Contact Web Manager
Once access is granted you will receive an email with a username, password and a link to the secure page.
Once membership fees are paid by 1 July of each year access will be for 12 months or the balance of the financial year from when the fees are paid.
Newsletter / Database - Personal Address Details - Reminder
(3 Apr 2020)
Association Database Manager Dave Oakley reminds the membership that despite requesting association members to confirm their current Email addresses he says he still had many emails and Newsletters returned. For those who have changed their address, Email details or your phone/mobile number please contact Dave to advise him of the change/s. Dave says if you are unsure if he has all your correct details contact him as he is happy to check the details he has with you.
Dave's Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0438 951 738.
Noteworthy - The Association's Newsletter
Due to the rising costs to produce the Associations Newsletter it was decided at the 2016 AGM that the association would send out the next and consequent Newsletters (Anzac & Corps Birthday editions) electronically (via Email) to our members. We acknowledge that not everyone of our members have access to Email or doesn't even have a computer, and those members will be sent the Newsletter by mail.
Dave Oakley, our Database Manager has forwarded a 'test' Email to those members who have provided an Email address together with their details to confirm that the members Email address is correct. Those members without an Email address will be sent the Newsletter by mail.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Sick Parade Page
The Association website's 'Sick Parade' link lists members who are sick , about to undergo surgery or who are undergoing rehabitation. Some of these posts are well out of date, so unless the person named or the member who advised us of the members condition has changed they will be deleted. If you're one of the members that are listed in the page or you were the one that notified us, please advise the Secretary of your updated condition or situation. Thank you.