In recognition of your outstanding contributions to the Band of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and the Australian Army Band Corps. You have been commended for your outstanding service as the Rhythm Group Leader and Platoon Sergeant for the Band of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
As the Platoon Sergeant, you have successfully combined the required traits of regimentation, loyalty, efficiency and ‘ability to get the job done’ and in particular, the increased administrative requirement for the transition of command of The Band of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment from 1RAR to the Director of Music – Army.
As a musician, you have provided an integral capability to the Band’s primary ensembles of marching band, big band and rock band. In particular, your performance on ‘Drum kit’ and your management and training of the Drum Corps and the direction of the Rock Band has been outstanding. Your personality and demeanour encourages high levels of enthusiasm and productivity from your subordinates.
You have performed to a high standard throughout your career and your service in 1 RAR in recent years, has exemplified what the Australian Army Band Corps requires of its soldier/musicians.
Your dedication and professionalism inspires those who work with you and your service ethos, combined with a balanced sense of humour, makes you, in the eyes of many, the epitome of a service musician.
Your efforts reflect great credit on yourself and the Australian Army Band Corps.
Robert A. Keatch President 13 June 2009
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