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.

2020 AABCA Award - Jacob Curro

On behalf of the Australian Army Band Corps Association Inc, the Head of Corps, LTCOL Dan Hiscock was able to present the Award to CPL Curro on his recent Command visit to the Australian Army Band Kapooka. The Award recipient was formally announced at the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Association.

The award recognises CPL Curro's unwavering dedication to duty and his involvement in the Australian Army Band Kapooka's significant contribution to public affairs, recruiting, and esprit-de-corps through the production of recording media.


2020 AABCA Award Recipient LCPL (now CPL) Jacob Curro with LTCOL Dan Hiscock and the Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Paul Davies.


Lance Corporal Jacob Jeffrey Curro

Lance Corporal Curro serves as a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer and section leader in the Australian Army Band Kapooka (AAB-K). Lance Corporal Curro consistently excels in all of these roles, particularly as an Audio Engineer where he has made several highly valued contributions during his tenure. In 2019 he singlehandedly produced the sub-unit's first promotional recording in over 20 years and throughout 2020 has led on the audio and visual production of six outstanding recordings for social media engagement, recordings that will contribute to another promotional recording currently under development.

The 2019 album, Off the Square has significantly enhanced AAB-K's support to the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) through the provision of music prior to March-Out Parades. The recorded music is played to enhance the morale and esprit de corps of all staff and recruits, and to entertain the family and friends of Army's newest soldiers prior each of the March-Out Parades.

Lance Corporal Curro has been pivotal to the successful completion of these recordings. His expertise and knowledge of the 'in-service' equipment is outstanding, as are his personal skills and abilities, all of which have enabled the completion of the projects to the level achieved. Having previously completed a Master's Degree in Audio Engineering, Lance Corporal Curro has demonstrated professionalism and dedication by upskilling his already impressive abilities to deliver a truly professional product for Army. His appreciation of the entire production process underpinned the highly valued guidance provided to the command team when planning and coordinating rehearsal and recording priorities, the end product therefore being a direct reflection of Lance Corporal Curro's professionalism and commitment.

Lance Corporal Curro's dedication across his broad ranging skill set greatly enhance the status of the Australian Army Band and his Corps at every ARTC parade, through online social media platforms, as well as the provision of promotional material for public relations and recruiting.

Lance Corporal Curro is brilliant at basics, committed to continuous improvement, and the epitome of a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer. At every opportunity this fine soldier/musician is an ambassador for the Australian Army Band Corps and his service continues in the finest traditions of all previous recipients of this award.

Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM
AABC Association      

14 November 2020

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 - Citation

  • 2018 MUSN Alex David O'Neill - AAB Sydney - Citation

  • 2019  MUSN Stephen Brock Taylor - AAB Adelaide - Citation

  • 2020 LCPL Jacob Curro - AAB Kapooka

  • 2021

  • 2022