In recognition of outstanding achievement and performance, in particular the concept and production of the 'Camouflage Exposed' recording which combined the talents of the music industry, leading Australian musicians, local governments and the Australian Defence Force to raise awareness of, and funds for, the homeless people of Sydney. The recording became the highest selling independently released Jazz album of 2003, selling 2,000 copies in ten months, and was nominated for an Australian Jazz Award as 'Australian Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year'. In the presence of the Governor of New South Wales on the 4th of August 2003, the members of Australian Army Band Sydney were extremely proud to present a cheque for $20,000 to RecLink.
Sergeant Mason has excelled in leadership by inspiration and has established a reputation as an outstanding example of dedication and professionalism, whether as a recruiter, public relations promoter or consummate musician in both the military and civilian arenas. His personal drive and enthusiasm were significant factors in the success achieved by the Australian Army Band Sydney during deployments to East Timor in 2001 and 2002.
He has provided exemplary service to the people of Australia, working tirelessly and diligently to enhance the reputation of the Defence Force in the community. He is an exceptional role model to all and demonstrated a consistently high standard of performance which brings great credit to himself and the Australian Army Band Corps.