Association News and Updates

Invitation to Attend a Commemorative Service - Mick Poole

(5 Feb 2016)

Norm Harris writes, on Sun 21 Feb 2016, VVAA (Victoria Branch), are holding commemorative graveside services for those paid the supreme sacrifice during the Vietnam conflict.  This day is also the 49th anniversary of the death of our mate Mick Poole. 

Norm advises that a service will be held Dromana Cemetery at Micks grave commencing at 12.30 pm.  Many of Mick's relatives will be attending as will Jan and I and many RSL members.  Norm extends all a personal invitation to join us on February 21 to pay tribute to Mick and also the many others who gave in service.

If you are able to attend please let Norm know and he will contact the RSL and inform them.  Thank you for your consideration.

Norm Harris

2016 AABC Association Reunion - Fremantle WA 

(1 Feb 2016) 

Confirmation was received today from Chris Mullin (POC Fremantle Reunion) that the confirmed dates for this year’s reunion being conducted in Fremantle WA are: Fri 21 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 2016).  The dates have been released now to enable members travelling to WA to take advantage of discounted fares that may be available. Detailed information which will include; venues, timings, costs and a list of recommended accommodation in Fremantle and Perth will be released in the coming weeks.  The draft format for the reunion still to be confirmed is: 

Friday 21 Oct 16

  • AABC Association Golf Trophy (am)
  • Meet & Greet (pm)

Sat 22 Oct 16

  • AGM (am)
  • AAB-Perth Concert (Perth)
  • AABC Association Dinner (pm)

Sun 23 Oct 16

  • River Cruise/Googenheimer (small groups to play onboard).  This cruise is only in the early planning stages and is yet TBC.
Note: Except for the concert being held in Perth early afternoon the majority of reunion events are being held in Fremantle at the Tradewinds Hotel.

Vale - Commander Ashley Greedy, RAN (Retd)

(27 Jan 2016)

Commander Ashley Greedy, RAN (Retd), 7th Director of Music - Navy passed away on Sunday 26 Jan 2016  in his sleep at his home in Norfolk Island. He will be remembered for his vibrant leadership, personal drive and strong management of the RAN Band through a time of great change. The RAN Band and the AABC Association offers their sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. 

The funeral for the late Ashley Greedy will take place at St Mark's Chapel, HMAS Cerberus on Friday 5 Feb at 11.30am.  On completition a burial with family and close friends at the HMAS Cerberus Cemetery.  The wake will take place at Frankston RSL.

Advice has been received that if you are driving to HMAS Cerberus you need to enter via the West Gate and you will require photo ID.


Vale - Garnet 'Buck' Rogers

(26 Jan 2016)

Former Army Apprentice Garnet 'Buck' Rogers passed away in Adelaide Hospital at 2.00am on Tue 26 Jan 2016 after being admitted the day prior and was diagnosed with cancer of the liver.  Buck was a member of the 14.5 intake of Musicians who joined in July 1959 and after his graduation in 1961 he served in 2RAR and 4RAR and saw service in Malaya/Borneo and Vietnam.  He discharged after completing 20 years service.  Buck and his family just recently returned to South Australia from North Queensland and lived in Mt Gambier.  He is survived by his wife Fe and his two children, Usula and James.

The funeral for the late 'Buck' Rogers will be held at the Harrison Funeral Home on Monday 1 Feb 2016 at 1030am, 63 Golden Grove St, Ridgehaven, SA, 5097.

RIP... from his mates from the 14th Class of Army Apprentices

Sick Parade - Tom Joy (Update)

(25 Jan 2015)

Association member Tom Joy reports that it's been two weeks since his operation on his Pancreas in mid December and he says the Surgeon is happy with his progress.  He's has the stiches removed last week and says it a step closer to recovery.  He says golf is a long way off as with driving a car. The association wish Tom all the very best for a successful operation and a complete recovery.

Noteworthy - Request for Contributions

(25 Jan 2016)

Stu Colhoun, Editor of Noteworthy, the Association Newsletter has requested that members that wish to contribute with articles, recollections or photographs for the Anzac Edition of the newsletter they be forwarded to the Editor no later than the end of February 2016.  Email:

Sick Parade - Jim 'Shad' Harper - Further Update

(14 Jan 2016)

Further to the update posted in early December after a lengthy period in hospital Jim reports he is improving daily with his recuperation and hopes by next week he should be back to normal.  If you wish to contact Jim I'm sure he would appreciate the call.  Mobile: 0408 039 776.

31st Class of Army Apprentice's Reunion

(11 Nov 2015)

Details of the 31st Class of Army Apprentice's Reunion has been confirmed.  The event  has been raised on the 31st Intake FB page with dates of the reunion being held between the 23 Jan and the 25 Jan 2016.  For further information you can contact Mark Langford on: 0416 030 741.

Sick Parade Update  - Stan Holland

(11 Nov 2015)

Association member Stan Holland is currently undergoing Chemotherapy Treatment for Bowel Cancer despite being given the all clear 12 months ago. His treatment will be ongoing till end of March next year,  then if all goes to plan he will continue treatment with Chemo tablets.  His Oncologist expects a good positive outcome as Stan says he is fit and otherwise in good health and has a very strong positive mind set to beat this desease.

The association wish Stan all the very best for a complete recovery.

2015 AABC Association Adelaide Reunion - Thank You 

(31 Oct 2015)

Huge congratulations to Dave Oakley and his Adelaide Committee for their outstanding efforts in organising our reunion this year and also to CAPT Nigel Davy, WO2 Ray Hingston and Australian Army Band Adelaide for their support over the weekend.  Thank you one and all.

The Minutes of the 2015 AGM and the CO AAB Report can be seen on the Reunions link. 

John Franklin

RSL Virtual War Memorial

(19 Oct 2015)

During the 2015 AABC Association Reunion Dinner held on Sat 17 Oct 2015 the association had the priveledge to have as their special guest speaker Ms Sharyn Roberts, General Manager, RSL Virtual War Memorial, who provided an informative presentation on the RSL Virtual War Memorial.   If any members are interested in providing information or viewing the site the details of the virtual war memorial site can be seen by clicking here:  Already information on our Patron of the AABC Association, Brigadier J.J. Shelton, DSO, MC has been posted on the memorial site

Our thanks go out to Dave Oakley, the head of the Adelaide Committee for organising Sharyn to speak and on behalf of the AABC Association we thank her for this informative presentation.  Sharyn's details are:

Ms Sharyn Roberts 
General Manager  RSL Virtual War Memorial
Direct Dial Number| 8100 7318
Mobile|  0402 434 063


Judy Klein - Thank You Message

(24 Sep 2015)

Wendy Klein, daughter of the late Kevin Klein has passed onto the association a message from Judy Klein who has requested that we post her appreciatioin and sincere thanks to everybody for their sympathy cards, phone calls and flowers, etc she received over the last few weeks following the sad passing of her late husband Kevin.  She says there have been so many condolence messages sent that it is impossible for her to reply to each one personally, but she would like everyone to know that she really appreciated their kind thoughts and prayers.

An Australian Defence Covenant

(14 Sep 2015)

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath has launched a nation-wide petitioncalling for the establishment of an Australian Defence Covenant. Senator McGrath said a Defence Covenant would act as a charter of rights for serving, discharged and retired members of the Australian Defence Force and their families. "This idea is essentially based upon the notion that the entire country has a moral obligation to the men and women who serve and have served in our armed forces, and their families," SenatorMcGrath said.

National President of the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) Colonel David Jamison, Retd has welcomed Senator McGrath's initiative. "The time for adopting an Australian Military Covenant has now arrived. It flows from an understanding of the unique nature of military service, a concept now widely accepted in the wider community and universally by all sides of politics," Colonel Jamison said.

To sign this important petition you are asked to visit:

Royal Australian Engineers Band Recording

(30 Jun 2015)

In the late sixties/early seventies the RAE Band produced an album of popular tunes and music for a typical RAE Parade. Later the album was transferred to cassette.  The association is looking for any ex member of Engineers Band who may still have a copy of the record or cassette to contact the Secretary using email:  The son of former RSM James (Jim) Geoff Boughton has asked to association to assist him in finding a copy of the record or cassettte.  Your help with this request would be most appreciated.

RAR Foundation Tertiary Scholarship Scheme

(23 Oct 2014)

The COLCOMDT AABC has passed onto CO AAB some interesting information regarding the potential opportunity for those of our team past and present with service in 1 RAR Band.  The RAR Foundation provide support to battalions and education assistance to children of those who have served in the Regiment regardless of corps or gender.

In 2013  the Foundation launched  their  tertiary scholarship scheme which provides $3,000 per year to successful applicants for each year of their tertiary education.  The scheme will continue in 2015 and applications are now open for three scholarships to commence in 2015.  Details of the scheme and the Foundation can be found at

The scholarship criteria is relatively simple – the applicant must be the legally recognised child of a soldier who has served or is serving in the Royal Australian Regiment.  Tertiary includes vocational and college courses. Anyone who has served in 1 RAR Band and has eligible children will meet the criteria. There are likely to be many whose children meet the criteria and may be competitive for selection. 

Pls disseminate and promote far and wide. 

Pension Increase for Veteran Community and Important Announcement on DFRB/DFRDB Pensions  

For details of pension increases and the Fair Indexation of Pensions Bill (FIB), please click here.

Australian Army Band Corps Association Inc Facebook Group

(16 Nov 2013)

The President, John Franklin has advised that the Australian Army Band Corps Association Inc Facebook Group has been set up to allow association members to share stories and photos quickly and easily.  It is requested that members are thoughtful and considerate about the content of their posts. 

Sick Parade Page

The Association website Sick Parade link that are well out of date will be deleted unless the person concerned advises the AABC Secretary that their condition is still current or has changed.  If you're one of the members that are listed in the page or you were the one that notified us, please advise the Secretary of your updated condition or situation.  Thank you.

Website Upgrade in Progress

Welcome to the AABC Assocation website.

This site is currently undergoing a major upgrade to improve efficiency, appearance and usability. In the interim, some pages may not display properly and some links may not work. We appreciate your patience while the upgrade proceeds. If you are unable to access something important, please send an email to  Thank you.


Changes to Details

If association members change any of their personal or contact details, please notify the Secretary ( of the change/s ASAP.  The association recently sent out important information to members by post and by email and many letters were returned to sender, or in the case of emails many were now inactive and had been changed.  We need your details so we can contact you.


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