AABC Association (Bruce Pinney) Award 2019

Musician Stephen Taylor

The Citation reads:

In recognition of your outstanding contributions to the Australian Army Band Corps.

Since enlisting into the Army Reserve and joining Australian Army Band Adelaide (AAB-A) as a guitarist, you have rapidly become an integral member of the Band and have further enhanced the capability through your contribution as an arranger and vocalist.

In successive years you have made a significant contribution to the Unit’s successful support to the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme at Yalata, SA in 2018 and short notice support to Jigalong, WA in 2019. Your enthusiasm, musicianship, arranging skills and ability to engage with audiences were a critical component of the Unit’s success on each occasion. You have made a similar contribution to AAB-A’s community outreach tours in 2019 (Mid North and Eyre Peninsula) which were key Unit priorities. More recently your support, again at short notice, to the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery’s Exercise BANDIT in Far North Queensland was outstanding; your keen sense of humour, work ethic and guitar skills were invaluable, as was your hidden talent as a vehicle mechanic.

You regularly provide reliable and professional support to other Bands in addition to your service in AAB-A. You are an exemplar for Army’s values and frequently adjust your full-time employment and personal commitments with an attitude of ‘that’s what I signed up for’. In addition to your skillset, your attitude itself is a force multiplier and inspires all who serve with you.

In a relatively short period of service you have become the epitome of a soldier/musician; musicianship, teamwork, flexibility all underpinned by an attitude of ‘service before self’. Your performance across all aspects of your role has significantly contributed to the operational effectiveness of AAB-A, the morale and esprit-de-corps of all you serve with and enhanced the status of the Australian Army Band Corps within Army and the wider community.

Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM
AABC Association     

26 October 2019