Association News and Updates

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

(2 Oct 2015)

The 2015 AABC Association Reunion being held in Adelaide commencing on Fri 16 Oct through to Sun 18 Oct 2015, the committee reports that preparations are being finalised and to date registrations are above expectations.   The Event Sheet listing all the activities planned for the weekend can stll be downloaded by clicking here.  The Registration Form for those who may yet to register can be downloaded by clicking here.  Note: Full payment was required by COB Fri 25 Sep 15.

Note: If you didn't return your association name plate at the Melbourne reunion, don't forget to bring it along with you.

The Association Dinner being held on Sat 17 Oct at the Highway Inn, Plymton will commence at 1900 for 1930.  Dress is Coat & Tie (males), after five (females).  Members are encouraged to wear their miniature medals.

More information...

Vale - Col Webb - Update

(2 Oct 2015)

Association member Laurie Young advised the association recently that former member of 1 MD Band  Col Webb passed away on Thu 14 Sep 2015.  

Col's funeral was held at the Metropolitan Funerals Chapel, Mt. Gravatt. Qld on Thu 1 Oct 2015.  Those in attendance were ex-Army Band and music colleagues - Sterle Buchanan, Tom and Loraine Joy, Ted Colles, Neville Hammond, Keith and Julie Love, Eric 'Chook' Hanscomb, Chris Stevenson, Mick and Kellie Morgan, Michael Faragher, Laurie Young, Graham 'Dinger' Bell, Allan 'Snow' Lanham, Doug Williams, John Lennon, Sue Baxter-Winch and John Winch, Mick Monaghan, Trevor Williamson (ex QSO & Alan Brown Big Band) and Maree Williamson, Anna Jack (ex QSO) and Robin Powell (ex QSO). John Lennon played the Last Post and Rouse in honor of Col's Army Band Service. 

The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to the family, friends and former colleagues.  RIP

Vale - Laurel Jenkin

(25 Sep 2015)

Sad news has been received that Laurel Jenkin, widow of the late Harry Jenkin has passed away.  Laurel was in the last stages’ of Pancreatic Cancer only diagnosed in recent months.  The funeral for the late Laurel Jenkin was held on Fri 25 Sep 2015 at Pinaroo WA. 

Bob Keatch who attended the funeral reports that the service was an amazing and fitting tribute to an outstanding, wife, mother , grandmother and great grandmother.  He says the service included a great selection of music and montage of photo’s covering Laurel's life.  Bob said the funeral was attended by several retired AABC members including Peter Cobcroft, Peter Tuck, Joan Larner,  Ian Milne. 

The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences and the thoughts and prayers to the immediate family at this sad time.  RIP

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.

Sick Parade - Jim 'Shad' Harper - Update

(28 Sep 2015)

Jim Haper who has been in hospital for a few few days now with complications arising from a Prostate Cancer operation he had last year.  Jim has advised he is now home and is recuperating slowly, but more tests are planned.

The association wish Jim a complete recovery.

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

(11 Sep 2015)

For further information go the the Reunions link.

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:

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

(4 Sep 2015)

The AABC Association advises the sad passing of Kevin Klein, who passed away just after midnight at 0015 on Fri 4 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 January 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 was held on Wed 9 Sep 2015 at 1400h at the Des Allan Funeral Home, Toonburra Street, Bundaberg. Qld.  If you wish to pass on your condolences 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

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...

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.

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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