Updates and News

2020 AABC Association Reunion (Townsville) Registration Form

(23 March 2020)

It’s come around so quickly, Reunion 2020! The team in Townsville have planned an exceptional weekend, and when run in tandem with the Granting of the Freedom of the City of Townsville to the Australian Army Band it’s certainly a weekend not to be missed. The registration form posted here details the weekend. Take it all in and then register in accordance with the directions at the bottom of the page, taking particular note of the payment and enquiry contact details. See you all there.

Registration Form (.pdf 81kb)

Vale - Chris Odendahl

(7 Jan 2020)

For those who served in the various named bands in North Queensland during the late sixties early seventies you would be interested to learn that Chis Odendahl, wife of Dick Odendahl MM passed away from a heart attack last year (2019). This information was received from Noel Price through Steve Churchill, former AABC members.

For those who knew Chris I'm sure you would want the association to send their condolences and best wishes to Dick and the extended family on his wife's passing.
RIP Chris

Vale - Ian Johns

(7 Jan 2020)

Association member Jack Curtis informed us today that he was speaking with the son of Ian Johns, Shane, who informed him that ex AABC member Ian Johns passed away on Tuesday 24 December 2019 with heart problems. 

During Ian's service he served with the 1RTB Band at Kapooka, Townsville and 2 RAR with Jack. When Ian left the Army and his band career he joined the Corrective Services Band in Sydney as their Drum Major. Jack said that sadly Ian’s wife Maxine passed away also with heart problems last year 2019.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we send our condolences to Ian's son Shane and the extended family.
RIP... Your duty done!

Noteworthy News Christmas 2019

(29 Dec 2019)

The newsletter is currently being emailed / mailed out to members. Please note there is an error on page 5. The BSB for paying subs online is 063-238. The editor apologizes for any inconvenience.

2019 AABCA Award - Stephen Taylor

(25 Nov 2019)


The South Australian State Representative and Vice President of the Australian Army Band Corps Association, Dave Oakley presented Musician Stephen Taylor with the Australian Army Band Corps Association Award.

The award recognises Musician Taylor’s unwavering dedication to duty and his involvement in Australian Army Band support to Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programmes held in both Yalata and Jigalong, his involvement in community outreach tours and temporary duty support to the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery’s Exercise BANDIT.

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: sodaveo@kern.com.au 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

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.

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If members change any of their personal or contact details, please notify the Secretary, Kevin Noon, of the change/s ASAP. Failure to do so will result in those members not receiving newsletters / updates. We need your details so we can contact you.


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