Updates and News

Vale - Gerry Hayes

(15 May 2022)

Gerry's son Brenton has passed on the news Gerry passed away on 14th May 2022 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Gerry was a great bloke who was very well known throughout the AABC. He will be remembered for many, many things, as we will no doubt read over the next few days, but one of the best memories of Gerry l have in recent times was his heartfelt video proposal for Bendigo to be considered as the 2019 venue for the Association reunion. It was a cracker, had the room in stitches and should have won an Academy Award.

RIP my good friend, l and many others will miss you. A funeral service will be held 9.30am Monday, 23 May 2022 at the Great Southern Memorial Park, 1774-1794 Mt. Cotton Road, Carbrook. The service will be live streamed. The link and login details below.

Live streaming video link - Login page: https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/login

Enter the following information:
Email - jake@sovereignfunerals.com.au
Password - 9MYQ8G

A wake will be held at the Greenbank RSL 12-4pm, 54 Anzac Avenue, Hillcrest 4118.

John Franklin

Vale - Jim (Spider) McBride

(15 May 2022)

Chris Stock has advised that a true character of the Corps, Jim 'Spider' McBride passed away on 14th May 2022.

I only met Spider very early on in my career, and only then for a very short time. It was obvious though at that meeting that he was integral to the fabric of the band. RIP Spider, job done down here, make 'em laugh up there.

Gordon Lambie

Update-The funeral for Jim 'Spider' McBride is at 11:00am Friday 27 May at St Mary's Catholic Church Spotswood, and then after at the Newport RSL. For those in Melbourne that are able to make it, please pass around through your own local networks to try and capture all of those that may have served at Batman Avenue with Spider.

Vale - Jim Dempsey

(15 May 2022)

Jim Dempsey, a stalwart of the South Australian band community and former principal trumpet Adelaide Symphony Orchestra passed away 8th May 2022.

Jim was a National Service bandsman who served in Northern Command Band in the early 1970s.


Vale - William (Bill) Mann

(19 March 2022)

Bill Mann, a former 12th intake Apprentice Musician passed away on 7th March 2022. Bill was a well regarded and respected member of a number of regular Army bands including RMC Band, 1RAR Band, Eastern Command Band and RAA Band-Singleton.

A service was held for Bill at Laidley Crematorium, Queensland on Friday, 18th March 2022.

Vale - Stanley (Stan) Brabender

(23 January 2022)

Stan Brabender, formerly a member of  RAA Band Singleton and 2MD Band passed away on 17 January 2022.

Funeral details will be posted once available.

Vale - John Harrop

(1 January 2022)

News was received that John Harrop passed away on Saturday 1 January 2022.

John served in Southern Command Band, RMC Band and finally in Central Command Band as a tenor horn player.  During his service John also served as a soldier in one of the battalions. 

The funeral for John was held on Wednesday 12th January 2022, he was aged 82. 

John was cremated and will be interned next to his grandson at Salisbury Memorial Park, Salisbury SA.

AABCA Award 2021 - CPL Laura Burden

(9 October 2021)

Congratulations to CPL Laura Burden of the Band of the 1st Combat Brigade, (Darwin). 

Award Citation

Noteworthy News Newsletter Archive

(26 Sep 2020)

Financial Association members can now access past editions of Noteworthy News on the Association website.

To gain access contact the Association Web Manager, Stu Colhoun, with your name and email address - Contact Web Manager

Once access is granted you will receive an email with a username, password and a link to the secure page.

Once membership fees are paid by 1 July of each year access will be for 12 months or the balance of the financial year from when the fees are paid. 

Newsletter / Database - Personal Address Details - Reminder

(3 Apr 2020)

Association Database Manager Dave Oakley reminds the membership that despite requesting association members to confirm their current Email addresses he says he still had many emails and Newsletters returned.  For those who have changed their address, Email details or your phone/mobile number please contact  Dave to advise him of the change/s.  Dave says if you are unsure if he has all your correct details contact him as he is happy to check the details he has with you. 

Dave's Email address is: sodaveo@kern.com.au or phone: 0438 951 738.

Noteworthy - The Association's Newsletter

Due to the rising costs to produce the Associations Newsletter it was decided at the 2016 AGM that the association would send out the next and consequent Newsletters (Anzac & Corps Birthday editions) electronically (via Email) to our members.  We acknowledge that not everyone of our members have access to Email or doesn't even have a computer, and those members will be sent the Newsletter by mail. 

Dave Oakley, our Database Manager has forwarded a 'test' Email to those members who have provided an Email address together with their details to confirm that the members Email address is correct.  Those members without an Email address will be sent the Newsletter by mail.

 Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.