Australian Army Band Corps Association Award

CRITERIA:  The Australian Army Band Corps Association Award is awarded annually to a member of the AABC nominated by the Commanding Officer, Australian Army Band and Head of Corps AABC whose achievements have significantly contributed to the operational effectiveness of the AABC, the morale and esprit-de-corps of its members and enhanced the status of the AABC within the Army and the wider community.


LCPL Nerrida Jade McCorkell

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

You have been commended for your outstanding service as the leader of the Drum Corps within the Royal Military College Band. As a Lance Corporal qualified on Oboe, you have proven yourself to be willing and able to fulfil and provide an integral capability and leadership role to this sub unit, through your management and training of the Drum Corps. Your dedication and professionalism to the Australian Defence Force has also meant that you have also personally dedicated many hours of your own time to provide training to the Drum Corps within Australia’s Federation Guard. This is an outstanding contribution given that the side drum is not your primary instrument.

Your personality and demeanour encourages high levels of enthusiasm, team work and productivity from those around you. Your eagerness to ensure that the product that is presented to the public is at its highest possible standard is an absolute credit to you. This was also very evident during your recent participation at the Basel Tattoo, where you personally coordinated workshops and lessons between the United States Old Guard Fifes and Drums and the Australian Army Band drummers. 

Your efforts reflect great credit on yourself and exemplify what the Australian Army Band Corps requires of its members.

John Franklin
AABC Association 
October 2017

AABC Association Award Recipients 

  • 1993 MUSN Lyndon Jackson - RMC Band
  • 1994 MUSN Paul Young - 1 RTB Band
  • 1995 LCPL Chris Luke - 1 RTB Band
  • 1996 CPL David Cassidy - RMC Band
  • 1997 CPL Richard Box - 1 RTB Band
  • 1998 CPL Adam Moore - AAB Kapooka
  • 1999 CPL Dean Griffiths - RMC Band
  • 2000 MUSN Danny Beaton - AAB Kapooka
  • 2001 SSGT Stuart Colhoun - AAB Sydney
  • 2002 CPL Ray Hingston - AAB Melbourne
  • 2003 SGT Rod Mason - AAB Sydney- Citation
  • 2004 SGT Andrew Heron - RMC Band - Citation
  • 2005 WO2 Rohan Stubbings - AAB Tasmania - Citation
  • 2006 SGT Russell Paynter - AAB Kapooka - Citation 
  • 2007 MUSN James Duquemin - AAB Brisbane - Citation
  • 2008 CPL Andrew Barnet - AAB Brisbane - Citation
  • 2009 SGT Michael Lee - 1 RAR Band - Citation
  • 2010 CPL Greg Peterson - AAB Sydney - Citation
  • 2011 LCPL Justin Kennedy - AAB Kapooka - Citation
  • 2012 SGT Kirsty Janelle Bird - RMC Band - Citation
  • 2013 MUSN Robin Kidney - AAB Darwin - Citation
  • 2014 CPL David Portakiewicz - 10/27 RSAR Band - Citation
  • 2015 CPL David Shuttleworth - AAB Kapooka - Citation
  • 2016 SGT John Mackenzie - AAB-Perth - Citation
  • 2017 LCPL Nerrida Jade McCorkell - RMC Band