Association News and Updates

AABC Association (Perth Chapter) Reunion Lunch (28 Oct 2014)

'OLD CONTEMPTIBLES' under the direction of master planner Mr William HONTER, BEM, Retd, are holding a reunion lunch for ex-army Musicians at the BAYSWATER HOTEL, 78-80 Railway Parade, Bayswater, WA, 6053 on Sat 8 Nov 2014 at 1130h onwards.

80 places at the hotel have been booked and the beverage and catering staff have been ‘warned out’.

This is your official invitation! You will not have to produce it at the door, just turn up with wives, partners, girlfriends, boyfriends, children, anyone, (no animals). 

Bayswater Hotel is located within easy walking distance to public transport as well as local shops and businesses. Use the train line to get to there (catch a train) and no stress. Plenty of parking if you have to drive.

Please REPLY to this email or ring Bill Honter is (08) 95932868 if you are attending.

Pension Increase for the Veteran Community: Media Release 19 Sep 2014 - (26 Sep 2014)

From 20 Sep 2014, veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions.

Click here to read the News Release for details.

AABC Association Reunion Cruise Update - (23 Sep 2014)

Queanbeyan City Travel has advised that a number of our group that are sailing on P&O Pacific Jewell for our Reunion Cruise on Fri 7 Nov 2014 out of Sydney and returing early on Monday morning 10 Nov 2014 have had their cabins upgraded. Our contact at Queanbeyan City Travel advise that this means there are still cabins available and because of cabin availability the cost for a cabin may be cheaper.  We've just had another couple sign up for the cruise bringing our number to fifteen.  If you're interested in sailing with us call Caterina on 02 6299 3111.  


Sick Parade Update - Kevin Klein (6 Sep 2014)

Whilst visiting Bundaberg recently I called in on Kevin Klein at his home.  He looked fine and and advised that he was feeling as well as to be expected.  He said he had visted his Doctor just a few weeks ago and had undergone further breathing tests, which revealed the results were not good.  He says he can still drive, but has problems after walking short distances and he suffers shortness of breath.  Kevin says he needs to visit his Doctor each month and says eventually he may be admitted to hospital for further treatment.  His wife Judy is coping, but says Kevin is positive and hopefully ongoing treatment will help him cope with his prognosis.  If you wish to contact Kevin phone: 07 4152 8807.  I'm sure he would like to hear from you.  More updates as they come to hand.

Kevin is a much respected member of the association and our thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin and Judy at this time. 


North Queensland Army Band History (30 Aug 2014)

Calling all former members of North Queensland Army Band (NQAB).  Jane Ryder, daughter of our very own Andy Ryder, is currently undertaking her Honours in History at the James Cook University in Townsville.  Jane has chosen to do her thesis on the history of North Queensland Army Band and is seeking your assistance in her bid to research this unique organisation.  She is looking at travelling to Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane shortly in the hope to conduct individual/group interviews with as many former members of NQAB as she can. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the history of this great unit to be recorded and I applaud Jane's enthusiasm in wanting to undertake such a task.

I  urge all former members to do a number of things to assist Jane: Firstly if you are able to spare some time to be interviewed by Jane she would very much appreciate this and secondly I would ask you all to cast your net far and wide throughout your vast networks and track down as many former members of NQAB as you can and pass those details on to Jane. I am more than confident that you will be willing to have a chat to her. Call me any time if you want to discuss this and I thank you all in advance for any help you may be able to give Jane.

John Franklin
Mob: 0407 312 035

Vale Harry Jenkin, OAM (20 Aug 2014)

Association member, Bill Honter, has advised that former OC/Music Director Captain Harry Jenkin, OAM, Retd, passed away in hospital on Mon 18 Aug 2014.  Harry’s postings included serving in:

  • 4 RAR (Vietnam): Sep 68 - May 69 (WO2)
  • Townsville Area Band: Apr 68 - Sep 68 (WO2)
  • RA Infantry Corps Band: May 69 - Jul 73 (WO2) (Townsville)
  • RA Signals Band: Aug 73 - Jan 74 (LT) (Kapooka)
  • North Queensland Army Band: Jan 74 - Jan 77 (LT)
  • 1 MD Band: Jan 77 - Jan 78 (CAPT)
  • 4 MD Band: Jan 78 - Jan 80 (CAPT)

The funeral for Harry Jenkin was held at the Pinnaroo Cemetery on Tue 26 Aug 2014.

The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Laurel, the family and friends.


Australian Army Band 46th Birthday (2 Aug 2014)

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we wish all serving and ex members of the Corps a Happy 46th Birthday.  This is an appropriate time to reflect on the many achievements and milestones the Corps has been responsible for over the past 46 years.  It is also a time to pause and remember all of those members who lost their lives in conflict and those who passed away over the past year. RIP. 

A toast... 'The Corps'

Vale Cliff Morton (30 Jul 2014)

Neville Lloyd has received word from Kerry (Lee) Morton that her husband Cliff had passed away. Cliff was not a member of the association, but many knew Kerry who was prevously married to Ken Lee a former member of the Armoured Corps Band.

Sick Parade - John Faul  (24 Jul 2014)

John Faul reports he recently had an accident breaking my right wrist, also he had complications with his heart after surgery.  He says  he cannot drive and is still under review with his Cardiologist and Orthopaedic surgeon.  The Association wishes John a quick recovery with his recuperation. 

See you onboard in November John.


New Point of Contact (POC) for the 2014 Reunion Cruise (19 Jul 2014)


Queanbeyan City Travel has advised that a new POC has been appointed for those who have booked or for those requireing information regarding the Association's P&O Reunion Cruise, which departs Sydney late on Fri 7 Nov and returns to Sydney early on Mon 10 Nov 2014.

To date cabins are still available and we have been advised that a re-appraisal of fares will be sought next month and if there are any changes members will be notified. The travel agent has advised that fares for outside cabins are as low as $712.00pp and $620.00pp for an inside cabin.

Our new contact is Caterina Agnello who can be contacted on 02 6299 3111 or on her mobile: 0413 581 765.  Caterina is available to assist our members who are travelling or wish to make a booking aboard the P&O Pacific Jewell.  


Vale Eileen Gfeller (16 Jul 2014)

Association member Fred Gfeller has advised the association of the passing of his dear wife Eileen. The Funeral Service for Eileen was held at Pinneroo Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury, WA on Wed 23 Jul 2014. The AABC Association sends their sincere condolences to Fred and his family on their sad loss.  RIP

Vale Allan Tedford (15 Jul 2014)

Kevin Klein has advised that association member Allan Tedford (ex NQAB) passed away on Sat 12 Jul 2014 from complications after surgery.  The funeral for the late Allan Tedford was held on Fri 18 Jul 2014 at 1400h.  The postal address for Dot Allan is: 6 Bryde Place, Thabeban, 4670.  

The association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife and family on their sad loss.  RIP


Vale Colin Robert Anderson (11 Jul 2014)

There are individuals over the course of time who, while not serving members, have given of their time and not inconsiderable talent in the promotion of our bands and the Army.  Colin Anderson of Wagga Wagga NSW was one such man.  From the mid seventies association members including Kevin Noon, Peter Jackson, Ivan Cocking, Ian McLean, and Pat Pickett to name a few forged very strong relationships with Colin resulting in 1 RTB Band (later to become AAB-K) enjoying performance opportunities that extended beyond Kapooka's Parade Ground. 

Pat Pickett advised me that Colin had passed away on Tue 8 Jul 2014.  Pat felt regardless, there would be enough out there who knew Colin that would appreciate the news.  Colin was living in Newcastle and had been ill for some time. He was 76. 

A Memorial Service and Gathering to Celebrate Colin's life will be held at Customs House, Corner of Watt and Bond Streets, Newcastle on Tue 15 July 2014) from 12 noon.  RIP Colin

Gordon Lambie

Australian Army Band off to Basel Tattoo
(11 Jul 2014)

Commanding Officer of Australian Army Band, LTCOL Gordon Lambie reports that permanent and reserve members from the 11 sub units of the Australian Army Band spanning the breadth of the continent have been drawn together for a return performance at the 2014 Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.  Led by MAJ Daniel Hiscock, the show will feature music skillfully re crafted by SGT's Cameron Earl and Greg Peterson for this occasion.  Precision drill, iconic Australian tunes, and the stunning vocal talents of our exciting singers are our hallmark, with maybe just a hint of that endearing Australian larrikinism thrown in!  The band departed on 12 Jul 2014 and had their first performance on Mon 14 Jul 2014.  The band returned home on Mon 28 Jul after completing 20 shows.

Performing in excess of 2000 engagements each year, our the Australian Army Band is kept extremely busy with commitments and significant tasking in support of the Australian Defence Force’s ceremonial and community engagement program in Australia, particularly as we count down to the commemorative activities planned to mark the occasion of Centenary of Anzac. The release of members to partake in the Tattoo has therefore placed an additional burden on those members remaining at home to maintain the support to our regular customers and that effort is acknowledged in this forum.

Important Announcement - DFRB/DFRDB Pensions (1 Jul 2014)

From Tue 1 Jul 2014, 57,000 veterans aged 55 and over will have their Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) scheme and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) scheme superannuation pensions indexed fairly.

Increases were previously tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) only. Now - recognising the unique nature of military service - they will be calculated by the better of movements in the CPI, Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE) and the pensioner and beneficiary living cost index. These improvements will continue in perpetuity. They are protected from changes announced to other pension indexation arrangements which come into effect in 2017.

The new scale of DFRB and DFRDB increases honours a pre-election commitment by the Government and follows a protracted fight to secure a fair go through intense lobbying and veterans’ forums with the then Shadow Minister and now Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson, MP.



Sick Parade - Ena Harper (21 Jul 2014)

Jim Harper reports that since his wife Ena again underwent sugery recently as a result of problems identified from a previous operation she had in April 2013.  Jim has advised that Ena has had to spent a long time in hospital in hospital trying to get her strength back so she can begin her rehabilitation. He says Ena is still weak, has lost lots of weight and is very depressed. He says the Doctor has advised that because she has been laid up for some time now she will virtually need to learn to walk again.  Ena is now home undergoing her rehabilitation and trying to regain her weight.  Both have been through a lot in the past year with Ena in hospital and Jim having broken his knee cap on Anzac Day and who is finding it difficult to get around, so if you wish to contact Jim to cheer him up and provide some comfort I'm sure he would appreciate the call. His number is: 0408 039 776

The association send their best wishes to Ena and hope she regains her strength and can start her rehabilitation for a full recovery.


Sick Parade - Ken Hussell (16 May 2014)

Ken has advised the association that he has just been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  He says the cancer is most aggressive and since last week all bone structures have been attacked. Ken says all hope now rests with the specialist in Orange and we hope we can see him at the earliest.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ken for a full recovery.

Fair Indexatioin Bill (FIB) - Government Delivers on its Promise (28 Mar 2014)

The Government's FIB has been passed in the Senate in March this year. This means that the implementation for those DFRB/DFRDB superannuates covered by this Bill will be effective from the 1 Jul 2014.

ADSO thanks the Coalition Government for implementing their 2010 pledge and congratulates all, especially Sen. Michael Ronaldson for championing the case, and all those who were involved in contributing to this result.

While pleased with this success, ADSO regards it as a first step to the achievement of the same fairness for those excluded from this Bill: namely, DFRB/DFRDB superannuates under aged 55 years, and MSBS members.

The Hansard report on the Senate debate will be available shortly.

Stop Press (Fri 16 May): DFWA have advised there will be no change to the decision above despite budget changes to the Old Age Pension.


General Cruise News  Cabin Credits (28 Mar 2013)


  Information was recently received from a retired member advising that current serving and ex-serving personnel of the ADF that are sailing with P&O, Carnival or Cunard Cruises there is a military benefit scheme on these cruise lines that provides you extra cabin credit.  This particular person is sailing later this year and will receive $420.00 cabin credit. Depending which cruise you go on, long or short, cabin credits from the agent it can be very worthwhile.  For further information see the P&O link: or email to:

The 2014 AABC Association Reunion Cruise which departs Sydney Fri 7 Nov this year is fast filling up, so to avoid disappointment book now.  If you are still interested in sailing with us please contact our travel agent in Queanbean to get all the relevant information. Contact Caterina on: 02 6299 3111Dont forget after you pay a minimal deposit you can pay the remainder of the cruise cost by instalments.  We hope to see you onboard!

AABC Association Award 2013 (22 Jan 14)

A photograph of the 2013 award winner has been added to the AABC Association Award page.


2014 Reunion Cruise Update (13 Jan 2014)

aabc_cruiseship.jpgBookings for the AABC Association's Reunion Cruise aboard P&O Pacific Jewell, sailing from Sydney on Fri 7 Nov and returning early Mon 10 Nov 2014 cabins are still available. Our new contact Caterina Agnello from Queanbeyan City Travel advises that if you would love to join  us on this short cruise, but are travelling alone, she says she may be able to pair you up with someone else in a twin cabin, or possibly in a triple share.  Caterina says this will enable you not to miss out on this fabulous adventure whilst keeping your costs down!  Register your name with Caterina at or phone her on 02 6299 3111  and as she gathers interest, she will call you to discuss options. Email Caterina with your full details today so you dont miss out!  For further information go to the Reunions link.

Update: Caterina has informed us that there have been enquiries from members who wish to attend the reunion and are travelling alone, but would like to share a cabin with someone who is in a similar situation.  If this is the case contact Caterina will arrange accommodation onboard for you.

Association member Joe Costello from Innisfail is looking for someone to partner.  Please contact Caterina if you can partner Joe.


AABC Association Membership Database Update and Upgrade (30 Dec13)

Hi my name is Dave Oakley, a member of the AABC Association and I have volunteered to update the Secretary and Treasurers spreadsheets to a central database. Because of the two spreadsheets in use at present we have conflicting data which for obvious reasons needs either updating or confirmation, and that is where you the members come in.  Any information entered into this central database will remain strictly confidential and will not be divulged to any outside parties.

My intention is that eventually the database will be hosted in a central website location which only key Association members will have access to.
The purpose of the database is to centralise the data we hold and be able to produce reports, mailing labels and correspondence to members all from a central location.

I would appreciate it if members could print off and complete the form below and return it to me at . If you dont have access to a computer forward to my home address: 14 Radnor Street, Morphett Vale, SA 5162  You may also contact me on or call 0438 951 738 if you need to discuss this or ask any questions.

Dave Oakley

Database upgrade form

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. 

2013 AABC Association Reunion Hobart - Interim Report (22 Oct 2013)

The 2013 AABC Association Reunion was held in Hobart during the period Fri 18 Oct - Sun 20 Oct 2013. The interim report, AGM report, President's report and CO AAB report can be found on the Reunions page.

2014 Reunion Cruise Update - Sailing Nov 2014 (1 Aug 2013)

Caterina Agnello, our agent and contact at Queanbeyan City Travel says the Associations 2014 Reunion Cruise sailing from Sydney on Fri 7 Nov 2014 is receiving more interest each day. She says committing to this early booking period is essential if you don't want to miss out.  Caterina says cabins with an outside balcony are at a premium with a few still remaining and says there are still plenty of cabins (external and internal) available on the lower decks.  Bookings have been slow to date but have picked up over the past fortnight.  Some members have indicated that to book so early seemed unusual, which is understandable and could be because members may percieve that they have plenty of time commit and book for the cruise. The travel agency says that these type of short cruises have become extremely popular so bookings need to be made well in advance. We urge those members who haven't booked as yet to contact Caterina now on 02 6299 3111, even just to obtain information or to discuss the many options available.

Apart from your intial deposit payment of $100.00,you can pay the outstanding balance by instalments over the next twelve months. Note: If you book, have paid your deposit and some or all of the balance of the fare and for some reason you have to cancel your booking, just contact the Queanbeyan City Travel at the earliest convenience. Depending on the amount of notice given you should receive a full refund up to 180 days before the ship sails. 

Further details and updates will be posted on the website as they are received.

I & K Music - Quality Brass and Woodwind Instruments (25 Jul 2013)

If any of the members are interested in purchasing a new instrument for themselves, a family member or a student, you may be interested in a company in Melbourne that produce hand crafted instruments that represent quality and unprecedented value for money.  The company is called I & K Music. I was recently advised by an association members who had purchased an instrument/s from the company that they were extremely pleased with their purchase and highly recommend I & K Music to you.  The I & K Music website has details of each instrument with prices.  When you view a particular instrument on the website it lists a sale price also, which in most cases is half the advertised price.  I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised! The website address is:


Change of Address, Email or Phone Details (8 Jul 2013)

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.

Website Events Calendar (22 May 2012)

A reminder that members can forward details of performances, reunions, meetings etc. to be added to the website calendar. Please forward information to Stu Colhoun.

AABC Association Reunion Cruise - Nov 2014 (22 May 2013)

aabc_cruiseship.jpgWith Sydney being our next reunion destination in 2014 we've decided to do something a little different so we've organised a three night cruise on the P&O cruise ship 'Pacific Jewel' departing from Sydney on Fri (pm) on 7 Nov 2014 and arriving back in Sydney on Mon (am) 10 Nov 2014. This is a 'sampler cruise', which on this occasion is themed as a 'Food and Wine' - J445' cruise. Passengers don't require passports as the ship doesn't stop anywhere, just cruises up the NSW coast and back.

We've contacted a local travel agency and they have agreed to handle all the bookings for our members and partners for this particular cruise. Contact details are:, or if you have any questions phone Caterina on (02) 6299 3111. If Caterina is unavailable either Jenny or Luke will be available to assist.  Please note that the reason for this early announcement regarding booking for a cruise of this type is they book out many, many months in advance, so bookings are now open.

A deposit of $100.00pp is required to secure your booking of a cabin, of which there are a number of configurations and prices.   Members are advised that after paying the initial deposit, they can pay the balance by instalments.

Details of deck number, cabin types, configuration and approximate price, which could change before the sailing date can be found on the P&O Website, http// Next time you're passing any Travel Agency, drop in and ask for the latest P&O Brochure.

Be aware that the cost for a cruise includes your cabin, meals and entertainment. Other costs that you may incur during the cruise and need to be aware of are drinks purchases, meals in any of the two specialty restaurants and other incidental purchases will be charged to your credit card.  Duty free is available onboard, but does not include alcohol.

You will require International Travel Insurance as Domestic Travel Insurance will not be sufficient.

Further details and information will appear in the association's next Newsletter or visit the Reunions link

AABK History Exhibition (14 May 2013)

On behalf of the AABC Association I wish to congratulate the Museum of the Riverina, Historical Council Chambers site, Wagga Wagga for their excellent exhibition of 'The History of the AABK, Instrumental in Defence', the display running from Fri 1 Mar and closed on Sun 5 May 2013. Thank you to all those people who helped make this display possible.  I'm advised by the curator Jeni Bradley-Cahalan that the exhibition was well attended during its duration and that lots of interest was shown by the people of Wagga Wagga, school children and visitors to the region. I visited the museum last month and was impressed by the extensive exhibition of memorabilia, historical photographs and stories, which covered the history of the Australian Army Band Kapooka (AABK), formally known as the Kapooka Band, Royal Australian Engineers Band, Royal Australian Signals Band and the 1st Recruit Traning Battalion Band. Congratulations!

Sons of ANZAC's Vietnam Memorial Tour - 2015 (28 Mar 13)

In 2015 the centennial of the landing at Anzac Cove will be commemorated and coincidentally a significant anniversary for Vietnam Veterans, being 50 years since the deployment of the first battle group. That deployment went on to last 10 years.  To commemorate this fact 'Mat McLaughlan Battle Field Tours' and Gary McDonald (Retd) a prolific author and historian on Vietnam will be tour leaders and lecturers at the sites of Australia's major engagements. Further details of this tour will appear in the next issue of 'Noteworthy', the Association's Newsletter. The website address for information is: The tour can be found there with contact information.

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 please advise the Secretary of your updated condition or situation. Thank you.

AABCA Forum website (2011)

The AABCA Forum website is now active. To access the forum follow the AABCA Forum link on the menu. Please check it out, have a go at registering and adding a post. If you have any questions please contact the Forum Moderator Ralph Newman

Change of Address Details (2012)

If any member has changed their personal details. eg. phone, mobile numbers or email address, please advise Kevin Noon, the Association Secretary at