Association News and Updates

2016 48th AABC Birthday Celebrations - Brisbane

((27 Jul 2016)

In partnership with the AABC Association Inc all former and current serving soldier musicians are invited to join members of the Australian Army Band Brisbane and the Band of the 1st Regiment Royal Australian Artillery to celebrate the 48th Birthday of the AABC.

  • Date: Sat 30 Jul 2016
  • Time: 1300 - 1700 
  • Venue: Gaythorne RSL (1st floor function room)
  • Address: 534 Samford Rd, Mitchelton, Qld
Take advantage of the Club's a la carte restaurant for lunch 'Cafe Suprimo' before heading upstairs to the function.  Note: There may be an opportunity for a 'blow' so bring your instrument.

2016 48th AABC Birthday Celebrations - Sydney

(25 Jul 2016)

On behalf of MAJ Matt Chilmaid, OC/Music Director Australian Army Band Sydney, you are invited to attend the 48th Birthday Celebrations of the Australian Army Band Corps (AABC), on Tue 2 Aug 2016, commencing at 6.00pm at AABS Victoria Barracks, Moorepark Road.  A charge of $10.00 for catering will be collected.

RSVP email: We are looking forward to your attendance.

2016 AABC Association Reunion (Fremantle) - Registration Deposit

(25 Jul 2016)

The Fremantle Reunion organiser, Chris Mullin has advised that those intending to attend the reunion are reminded that registration deposits are due NLT Fri 12 Aug 2016.  At this time 40 registrations have been received by the organising committee.  Note: The final balance payment due Fri 30 Sep.

There are approximately 30 seats left on the River Cruise so if you don't want to miss out on what promises to be a great day enjoying the beauty of the Swan River with some old mates, then get your deposit in quick.  Note: You need to pay the deposit to secure your seat!

2016 48th AABC Birthday Celebrations - Perth WA

(23 Jul 2016)

Message from Association member, David Baker...  
On behalf of MAJ Peter O’Connor, OC/Music Director, Australian Army Band Perth, AABC ex members and partners are cordially invited to attend the 48th Birthday Celebrations of the Australian Army Band Corps (AABC), on Sat 6 Aug 2016, Commencing at 11.00am at Irwin Barracks.  A charge of $20.00 for catering will be collected.

Note: You will need to provide ID at the gate to gain entry to the Barracks, Stubbs Terrace Karrakatta. Please notify us in advance so we can give the gate security a list of expected participants. Late notification will be possible but please try to avoid this.

RSVP by Tue 26 July, to David Baker on Mobile 0414462193, email; or you can Facebook message me so we can plan catering requirements. Looking forward to your attendance.

Yours sincerely
David Baker

PS. Bob Keatch writes it is in the interest of all serving and ex members of the AABC to see this activity thriving and you might even get an enquiry to attend that you had not counted on.  Also a good reminder for all who check the website

2016 48th AABC Birthday Celebrations - Canberra

 (23 Jul 2016)

The OC/Music Director MAJ David Bird has invited all ex serving members of the AABC for their 2016 48th AABC Birthday Celebrations on Tue 2 Aug 2016 commencing at 8.30am.  The details are as follows:

  • Free Bus will depart the RMC BandRoom at 8.30am for Lawn Bowls
  • Lawn Bowls conducted at the Queanbeyan RSL Memorial Bowls Club, Yass Road. (Meet there at 9.00am if making your own way)
  • Depart the venue at 12.00pm to return to the Band Room, where a BBQ will be held.
  • Raffles and Olympic and Band Corps themed games conducted
  • 4.00pm - Cutting of the Corps Cake
Note: If you have any dietary requirements please contact Rebecca Williams by Fri 29 Jul 2016. Email:

Vietnam War Commemorative Concert - Brisbane

(16 Jul 2016)

John Franklin reports that a Vietnam War Commemorative Concert will be held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre on Sun 21 Aug 2016, commencing at 1500. The concert will feature the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, Wickety-Wak and Denise Drysdale. Contact Ticketek for details.

2016 AABC Birthday Celebrations - Adelaide

(30 Jun 2016)

The Australian Army Band Adelaide (AABA) is conducting their Corps Birthday Celebrations on Tue 2 Aug 2016 commencing 7.30pm at the AABA Band complex at Warradale Barracks Warradale SA 5046.  AABC members, ex members and those who have had associations with the band are cordially invited to attend these celebrations.

The night will consist of observing the Band rehearsing at approximately 8.30pm.  This will be followed by the cutting of the Corps Birthday Cake and the Corps song being sung.  The Area Officers’/Sergeants’ Mess will be accepting guests on completion of the Band Rehearsal.

RSVP to Dave Oakley who is the POC on email: or mobile: 0438 951 738 if you are attending.

Co-Chaplain AABC Association - Mr Matthew James

(26 Jun 2016)

The AABC Association Committee recently held a meeting and unanimously agreed to the appointment of Mr Matthew James as our Co-Chaplain of the Association.  Our current Chaplain, LTCOL Dennis Hills (Retd) who has been ill for some time it was put forward that the association appoint a Co Chaplain to assist in the Association's pastoral work.  

Following the vote the President John Franklin advised Matthew of his appointment and said I think it is a great thing that one of our own is appointed to this position.  Thank you and congratulations Matthew.

Major Peter Grant, OAM

(13 Jun 2016)

Congratulations Major Peter Grant, OAM on being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016. 

Citation reads: Major Peter Edward GRANT, Victoria. For meritorious service as the Officer Commanding and Music Director of the Australian Army Band - Kapooka and the Australian Army Band - Melbourne, and as the Staff Officer Grade Two Reserve Training at the Defence Force School of Music.

Major Grant has displayed outstanding leadership, and professional commitment as the Officer Commanding and Music Director of the Australian Army Bands Kapooka and Melbourne. He has made a significant and enduring contribution to the advancement of music training at the Defence Force School of Music. His efforts are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.

Australians Reunited – Terendak Repatriation (2 Jun 2016)

(13 Jun 2016)

On Thu 2 June 2016, Australia welcomed home 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, many of whom were casualties of the Vietnam War, from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore.  To date the official 'Ramp Ceremony' for the repatriation of those service personnel being returned to Australia has been conducted at Richmond Air Base where the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia attended.  Since then funerals have since been held at Rookwood Cemetery and other sites around Australia, which included both PTE/Rifleman/Drummer Chris Clarke and Merv Wilson. 

The repatriation, organised by the Office of Australian War Graves was one of the largest single repatriations of Australian service men and dependents in Australia’s history. More on the DVA website...

Video of the ceremony

2016 AABC Association Reunion - Fremantle WA (Update)

(6 May 2016)

Confirmation was received  from Chris Mullin (POC Fremantle Reunion) early this year confirming the dates for this year’s AABC Association's Reunion being conducted in Fremantle WA.  Dates are: Fri 21 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 2016).  The details for the reunion have been released early to enable members travelling to WA to take advantage of discounted fares that may be available.  The Registration Form has all the detailed information regarding the activities being conducted throughout the weekend together with times and costs.  

Fri 21 Oct 16

  • 1000 - AABC Association Golf Trophy (Point Walter Golf Club, Bicton - Ph: 08 9330 3262)
    Note: Only five carts are available and already three have been booked.  Suggest if you require a cart you book ASAP.
  • 1800 - Meet & Greet (Tradewinds Hotel)

Sat 22 Oct 16

  • 0900 AGM (Tradewinds Hotel)
  • 1230 - AAB-Perth Concert (Perth - venue TBA)
  • 1800 for 1830 - AABC Association Dinner (Plympton Room - Tradewinds Hotel)

Sun 23 Oct 16

  • 1000 - 1400 River Cruise (East Street Jetty)
    Note: Within walking distance of the Tradewinds Hotel)
Note: Except for the concert being held in Perth early on Saturday afternoon the majority of reunion activities are being held in Fremantle at the Tradewinds Hotel. More information / Registration form

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


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.

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.

AGM / Reunion 2016

Perth, West Australia
Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October

Deposits due:
12 August 16

Final payment:
30 Sept 16

For more details please check out the Reunion Page


Changes to Details

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