Association News and Updates

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


2015 AABC Birthday Celebrations - DFSM/AABM

(28 Jul 2015) 

For those that can make it, there will a memorial service at the Soldier/Musician memorial at Meares House on Fri 31 Jul 2015 commencing at 1000h followed by a morning tea. All those without a valid Defence ID will need photo ID to gain entry to Simpson Barracks via the Greensborough Rd entrance.  Allow plenty of time to be issued a visitor pass.  Afternoon activites commence at 1700h at the Watsonia RSL with a get together in the Members bar with light snacks and drinks available at the bar.

Please contact WO1 Gary Caira on 0432 827 418 or if you require further details.

Sick Parade  - Kevin Klein (Update)

27 Jul 2015

Just contacted Kevin who recently was admitted to hospital,  but he says he's receiving great treatment and is being well looked after by the staff.  He says he will hopefully return home in a few days.  I took the opportunity to pass on the regards and good wishes from the members of the association and from all his many friends and  former colleagues.  Kevin says he really appreciates all the calls and enquiries he's received lately.


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

(26 Jul 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...

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.

Corps Birthday Celebrations - Brisbane

(14 Jul 2015)

AABC Corps Birthday celebrations are being held in Brisbane  for the 47th Birthday of the AABC and will be held at the 1 Regiment RAA Band Hut (formally 1MD Bandroom) at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera from 1200h on Sun 2 Aug 2015.  Current serving AABC personnel, members of the AABC Association and former members and partners are all welcome to attend.  Children are also welcome.  A Sausage Sizzle will be run on the day and sausages may be purchased for $2.00 each.  Beer, wine, limited pre-mixed spirits and soft drinks will be available at bar prices.

Photo ID will be required for entry into the barracks as security measures are in place. Possible delays for entry may occur.

Both AABB and 1 Regt Band will churn out a few charts during the afternoon, adding to the atmosphere of the day and there may be the opportunity for a vistors to join in, so feel free to bring your instrument along.

Individual invitations will NOT be sent so it is requested that you pass on this information to as many as possible for those who may wish to attend.

Australian Army Band Sydney - Corps Birthday Function

(14 Jul 2015)

AABS will hold a Corps Birthday function at the Bandroom on Moorepark Road on Fri 31 Jul 2015 at 1230h - 1600h.  All ex band members are welcome to attend.  Cost will be $10.00 per head to cover food.  Drinks will be available at the bar.  Parking is not available at the bandroom and it is recommended you take public transport.

For catering purposes please RSVP the BSM at: or ring 02 8335 5057.

RMC Band - Corps Birthday Activities

(14 Jul 2015)

RMC Band is conducting its Corps Birthday activities with hosting a game of Golf at the RMC Golf Club on Fri 31 Jul commencing around 1000h.  At the half way point after nine holes at around midday a Sausage Sizzle will be available at the Club.  Following the Golf at around 1500h the OC Major David Bird has invited all ex members of the Corps to join him at the Colin Fischer Band Centre for refreshments and the cutting of the birthday cake.

For catering purposes ex members are requested to RSVP to the AABC Association representative for the ACT, Mr Ron Bennett on: 0419 885 359 if you would like to attend and indicate if you wish to participate in the Golf.

Australian Army Band Perth - Corps Birthday Celebrations

(14 Jul 2015)

AABP will celebrate the 47th Band Corps Birthday on Sat 1 Aug 2015 at their band room at Irwin Barracks with a BBQ Lunch commencing at 1100h.  

The OC/2IC and members invite all present, past members and partners to attend.  Cost $15.00 per head.

Vale Rowland Clark (14 Apr 96 - 20 Jun 2015)

(12 Jul 2015)

Ex AABC member Stewart Clark advised the association that the funeral for his son Rowland Clark, who was tragically killed in an accident on Sat 20 Jun 2015, was held on Mon 6 Jul 2015 at the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, 353 Midland Highway, Huntly, Bendigo.  

A Burial Service was held at the Albury Creek Memorial Park Cemetery in Brisbane on Fri 10 Jul 2015.

The AABC  Association pass on their deepest sympathy at this difficult time to Stewart and his family.  RIP

Vale Jack Wilson

(2 Jul 2015)

Association member Dave Oakley has advised that former band member Jack Wilson passed away on Thu 2 Jul 2015.  Jack served in the Australian Army in WW2, later with the Occupation Forces in Japan and served with 3RAR at Kapyong during the Korean War.  He discharged and joined the Canadian Army and during his service served in Canadian Signals Band.  Following his service there he rejoined the Australian Army and his postings included RAAC Band, the School of Music as an Instructor and as the first Bandmaster of 1RAR Band.   Jack was 91.

The funeral for the late Jack Wilson was held on Thu 9 Jul 2015 at the Florey Chapel at Centennial Park, Pasadena, SA.

The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Cory, his family and friends.  RIP

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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