Vale - Warrant Officer Class One Steve 'Stix' Hooper
(10 April 2019)
While Steve’s family privately grieve the loss of a beloved husband, father, son, brother, son in-law, and brother in-law, we mourn the passing of a great mate.
There has been much written already on Steve’s contribution to Army and the Corps, and more even still on Steve Hooper the friend, mentor, leader, and phenomenal musician. The memories of Steve as a wiry youthful young man back in 1981 are clearly etched into my memories, as I’m certain they are with all those who were blessed to have served with Steve back in those early days in Adelaide.
His talent as a drummer / percussionist was obvious to all from the outset, and in a very short space of time Steve had firmly established himself as one of the trailblazers for the progressive style of drumming required if Army bands were to keep pace with the emerging trends in music. In achieving this, Steve also remained true to the traditional aspects of the job (yes, even Joyful Skeleton) thereby setting the standard for others to follow, speaking with his ‘stix’ so to speak, stating quite clearly what would be required of a percussionist in the modern era moving forward.
Of course, it wasn’t just the percussionists who would benefit from Steve’s vision. We all know that the ensemble as a whole are heavily influenced by what goes on in the ‘engine room’. Steve and his cohort are without any shadow of a doubt directly responsible for the shaping of Army music over the past 30 plus years, and for that we are forever in his debt.
Of course, Steve’s influence extended way beyond the musical output of Army Bands. Steve’s compassion, loyalty, and mateship are the qualities we all have come to love in the man. Many have personally benefitted from Steve’s fierce passion and loyalty for his troops under command, while others basked in the humour, love, and good will that surrounded him wherever he went. He was certainly admired and loved by multiple generations of Army musicians, leaving a legacy that he and his family can be justly proud. Thank you to Fi and the girls for sharing Steve with with us. You have our eternal gratitude for that, and our sincere condolences at this very sad time.
Today is the first day of a world without Steve Hooper in it. While it is a sad day, the world has been made such a better place today because of Steve’s place in it.
Thanks Steve for being the person you were to everyone. We loved you for being you and we will miss you. RIP mate, job done.
Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM President Australian Army Band Corps Association
Newsletter / Database - Personal Address Details - Reminder
(20 Oct 2018)
Association Database Manager Dave Oakley reminds the membership that despite requesting association members to confirm their Email addresses he says he still had many emails and Newsletters returned. Those who have changed their address, Email details or your phone/mobile number please contact him to advise him of the change/s. Dave says if you are unsure if he has all your correct details he is happy to check the details he has with you.
Dave's Email address is: email@example.com or phone: 0438 951 738.
Noteworthy - The Association's Newsletter
(1 Nov 2017)
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
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