Association News and Updates

Last Post - Kevin Klein (9 Feb 1935 - 3 Sep 2015)

(4 Sep 2015)

The association has received word today of the sad passing of Kevin Klein, who passed away at around midnight on Thu 3 Sep 2015.  Kevin had been ill for a number of years with Emphysema and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was aged eighty.

Kevin joind the Australian Army in Jan 1952 and was a member of the Kapooka Class, the first class of musicians to be enlisted into the Army as fifteen year olds.  The Kapooka Class first began training at Kapooka NSW, then later moved to Woodside SA and finally trained at Balcombe, Vic as part of the Apprentice scheme.  After graduation he saw postings to:

  • Southern Command Band (MUSN/CPL) (1954 - Aug 65)
  • 2 RAR Band (WO2) (Sep 65 - Feb 66)
  • 6 RAR (WO2(Feb 66 - Oct 67)
  • RAE Band (WO1) (Oct 67 Dec 68)
  • RA Sigs Band (WO1) (Jan 69 - Feb 70) Note: RAE Band redesignated as RA Sigs Band
  • Central Comd Band (LT) Feb 70 - Aug 71)
  • Aust Army Band Singapore (LT) (Aug 71 - Apr 72)
  • Army School of Music (CAPT) (May 72 - Dec 75)
  • 2 MD Band MAJ) Jan 76 - Jan 82)

Kevin will be remembered as an excellent musician, a teacher, a mentor, a thorough gentleman and a friend to many. 

The funeral for Kevin will be held on Wed 9 Sep 2015 at 1400h at the Des Allan Funeral Home, Toonburra Street, Bundaberg. Qld.  If anybody has any questions regarding the funeral please contact Kevin's Daughter, Wendy on Ph: 07 4152 3666.

The sincere condolences of the AABC Association go out to his wife Judy, his family and all who were fortunate to know him.  RIP

Vale George Edward Duncombe

(19 Aug 2015)

Don Jarrett reports he received word that George Duncombe had passed away on Sun 9 Aug 2015. A burial service for George was held at Dunkeld (near Hamilton) on Tue 18 Aug 2015.  At the service a recording the Last Post was played, which was made by George especially for his funeral. Twelve members of the Portland Citizens Band also attended the service.

George Duncombe came from Geelong, served in bands with the Royal Australian Navy, the RAAF and the Australian Army.  He also performed with the New Zealand and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. 

Reminder - 2015 AABC Association Reunion - Adelaide (Fri 16 Oct - Sun 18 Oct 2015)

(14 Aug 2015)

The 2015 AABC Association Reunion being held in Adelaide commencing on Fri 16 Oct through to Sun 18 Oct the committee reports that preparations are progessing as planned.   The Event Sheet listing all the activities planned for the weekend can be downloaded (see below).  The sheet also lists recommended Hotels, Motels and other accommodation that is close to Warradale Barracks, where the majority of events are being staged. 

The Event Sheet can be downloaded by clicking here.  

The Registration Form with all the costings can be downloaded by clicking here.  If you intend attending the reunion, the Adelaide Committee recommend you start planning and book your flights and accommodation now.

More information...

Vale Kevin Wayne Simmons, OAM

(28 Jul 2015)

The association has received information of the sad passing of Kevin Wayne Simmons, OAM who passed away on Fri 24 Jul 2015 after his trial with cancer.  Wayne was 67.  Wayne enlisted in the Army as an Army Apprentice in 1963 and after graduation served in the RAE Band at Kapooka before being posted to 2RAR and served in Vietnam as a bandsman/stretcher bearer.  After Vietnam Wayne saw service in Singapore (1971-1773) and then posted to Holdsworthy Area Band which later became the RAE Band at Casula and then onto RMC Band.  There are no funeral details available as yet, but will be published when information is received.  RIP

Reminder - 20th Anniversary of the Closure of the Army Apprentice Scheme - Albury/Wodonga Fri 23 Oct - 25 Oct 2015

(26 Jul 2015)

For further information go the the Reunions link.

Sick Parade - Wally Williams

(2 Jul 2015)

Assocciation member Neville Lloyd reports that Wally Williams had a total right hip replacement on Tue 23 Jun in Bendigo and was transferred to Castlemaine Rehab on Mon 31 Jun.  The association send their wishes to  Wally for a quick and complete recovery.

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.

Major Kevin Klein, Retd - 80th Birthday Surprise

(1 Mar 2015)

WO1 John Franklin reports that during a recent visit to Bundaberg The Band of the 1st Regiment RAA paid a surprise visit to retired member MAJ Kevin Klein's place, marching up his driveway and lopping on his front lawn to the strains of 'The Minstrel Boy'.  After playing 'Happy Birthday' to Kevin, who turned 80 a few weeks ago (and to the Australian Army, who turned 114 on 1 March) Kevin was handed the baton by the Bandmaster, WO1 Simon Renfrey and he proudly conducted 'Army March'.  It was clearly evident that he was pleased and surprised to see us and he greatly enjoyed the experience.  Kevin has been ill for some time and this visit by the Band certainly lifted his spirits reports WO1 John Franklin.

The association pass on their thoughts and best wishes to Kevin.

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 has many 'Sick Parade' posts that are well out of date and depending on the member/s concerned some posts need to be either updated or deleted.  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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