Updates and News

AABC Association Reunion (Fri 25 Oct - Sun 27 Oct 2019) Registration Form

(22 July 19)

The sub-committee for the 2019 AABC association Reunion being held in Ballarat has released the final version of Reunion Registration Form for those attending the reunion.

AGM Registration Form 2019

Vale - Don Jarrett, OAM (Funeral Arrangements)

(18 July 19)

Lyn Holland has advised the association that she had received a call from Pat Jarrett, wife of Don Jarrett that he had passed away peacefully at home on (Mon 15 Jul 19).  His family was with him at the time.  Don had been ill for some time with cancer firstly of the ear which spread to his spine.

The funeral for the late DON JARRETT OAM, will be next Tuesday, 23 July at 10.00 am at his home, 195 Snobbs Road, Lindenow, VIC, to celebrate his life.

Don was a fine Cornet/Trumpet player who saw service at the Army School of Music at Balcombe, Victoria as an Sergeant Instructor, Bandmaster of 3RAR Band, 7RAR Band and Armoured Corps Band first Bandmaster. He was later commissioned as the Commanding Officer Army School of Music and later took up his appointment as the Music Director of the Southern Command Band in Melbourne. On discharge Don took up an appointment as the Bandmaster of the Victorian Police Band.

Don was a well respected man, a good friend to all and a fine musician.

RIP Don... Your duty done

Corps Birthday 2019 - Canberra

(18 July 19)

Members of the AABC Association and musicians in the Canberra region that served in the AABC are invited to celebrate the AABC 51st Birthday with the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon at the bandroom.

Date: Friday 2 Aug 2019
Time: 12:00p.m
BBQ lunch followed by the cutting of the cake
Cost: $5.00 per person for lunch, cash sales at the bar

Lenore Evans
PR Cell
Band of the Royal Military College

Corps Birthday 2019 - Melbourne

(18 July 19)

All former and current serving soldier musicians are invited to join us on Sunday 4 August 2019 to celebrate the 51st birthday of the AABC and 30th anniversary of the AABC Association.

Meeting at The Limerick Arms Hotel, 364 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. 12pm to fine.

Bistro meals available 11.30am - 2.30pm.

Please mention this to any former or current serving musicians you may know.

Chris Stock

Corps Birthday 2019 - Brisbane

(18 July 19)

It is that time of the year again when all soldier musicians have the chance to catch up with one and other to embellish stories from yesteryear.

Roll Call for all current and ex-serving soldier musicians will be held at the Gaythorne RSL from 1300 hours Saturday, 3 August 2019.

If you would like to make a day of it please take advantage of the club bistro for lunch prior to moving up stairs for the function.

You are advised to make a booking if you plan to have lunch on (07) 3355 6781.

Please disseminate this information far and wide.

John Franklin

Australian Army Band Adelaide Concert

(11 July 19)

AABA is holding a concert with proceeds to Legacy on 4th August 2019. Ex members of the Band and the Corps are encouraged to attend.

On completion of the concert ex members are invited back to the band Complex at Warradale Barracks for a BBQ.

Bar will be open from 1630h, dinner approx 1730h.

Please RSVP Dave Oakley at sodaveo@kern.com.au or 0438 95 1738 by 26th July 19

Let's celebrate THE CORPS.

Vale – John Everett Cowan

(25 June 19)

AABC Association member Noel Price has advised the Association that John Cowan had passed away.  Loved husband of Julie, beloved father in law of Tony, Lisa,  Wayne and Andrea. Adored grandfather of Dylan, Yannick and Julia, brother of Pam, Kerry, Maree and Judy (dec).

Noel says he saw a notice in the Townsville Bulletin in June 2019. Date of death unknown.

Noel advises his initial contact with John was when he did his National Service at Singleton in 1967. He says as it turned out John Cowan and Bruce Jurss were in the band at Singleton.

Noel says he later did service with John in Singapore from 1969 to 1971. John played trombone with Ken Anderson and Mo Murakami during the Singapore tour.

After that Noel says he caught up with him in Townsville as a fellow JP and veteran advocate.

On behalf of the President and members of the association we pass on our condolences to John’s NOK Julie and the extended family.

RIP….  Duty done

Vale - Clive Scragg

(25 June 19)

Advice was received from the family that Clive Scragg, friend and colleague passed away early this morning (Sun 16 Jun 2019).

Clive had been diagnosed with Terminal Cancer late 2018 and had been in and out of hospital and receiving continuous treatment from that time.

Clive was a 14th Intake Army Apprentice who joined in 1959. During his long and dedicated service he deployed to Vietnam with 1 RAR.

The funeral for the late Clive Scragg was held on Tue 25 Jun 2019 at the Forrest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, North Chapel, Leppington Sydney, where over two hundred family members, friends, colleagues, Vietnam Veterans and Ingleburn Sub Branch members attended to pay their respects to Clive.

On behalf of the President and members of the Band Corps Association we send our sincere condolences to Maria and the immediate family and their extended family.

RIP... Your duty done

2019 AABC AGM / Reunion (Ballarat)

(19 May 2019)

The dates for the AABC Associations 2019 Reunion being held in Ballarat, Victoria this year are as follows: Fri 25 Oct through to Sun 27 Oct 2019, with the first activitity being the Golf, playing for the Association Golf Trophy on Friday morning at the Midland's Golf Club commencing at 9.00am (TBC),  along and in conjuction with a Lawn Bowls at the Midlands-Ballarat RSL Sports and Services Club starting at 10.00am.  

There has been many enquiries from members as to the reunion with dates and the activities throughout the weekend.  This information will be published as a 'draft' Registration Form' in the Anzac Edition of the Newsletter due out shortly with details arranged to date for the reunion period.  Unfortunately costings are still being confirmed, but will be published when released.  It has been suggested by the Organising Committee that you book your accommodation early to secure a room.  They have suggested you stay at the historic Craig's Royal Hotel where the majority of activities, including the AGM, Meet and Greet and the Reunion Dinner are being held.  The hotel is offering a discount for those mentioning the AABC Association Reunion.  Contact number: 03 5331 1377 (ask for functions). Otherwise 'google' Ballarat Tourist Centre for more accommodation options. 

More to come....

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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