Scott Gourlay has passed on the news that Don Cartwright has passed away peacefully in Hobart, Tasmania on 28 Dec 2017.
Don was well known to Association members having been a fine oboe player, serving in a number of AABC appointments and bands.
The President and members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family on their loss.
A funeral service for Don will be held at the Graham Family Funeral Home, Cnr Risdon and Bay Roads, New Town, on Thu 4 Jan 2018 at 10.00am. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations to 'Medecins sans Frontieres' would be appreciated and will be accepted at the service.
Vale - Archie Burt (ex RAAF Bandsman)
(28 Sep 2017)
Association member Bob Butcher reports the sad passing of former band member of the RAAF, Archie Burt who passed away on Fri 22 Sep 2017 at the age of ninety five.Archie was born in England and at the age of 14 joined the East Kent Regiment ('The Buffs') and served in India. He continued to serve right through WWII and in the early fifties migrated to Australia with the eventual Music Director of the RAAF Central Band, SQNLDR Laurie Hicks. He was later promoted as the band's Warrant Officer in the early sixties. Archie was later commissioned and was appointed Music Director of the RAAF Support Band at Richmond, NSW. Prior to his retirement he was posted back to the RAAF Central Band as their Deputy Music Director / Adjutant Administralion Officer. Those band members who served in any of the three Services doing the fifties and sixties would be well aware of Archie Burt. John Sewell, (aged ninety) and former Warrant Officer of the Central Band says Archie had a great personality, was extremely loyal, well liked and friendly. RIP
Vale - John 'Chuckles' Watts (Update)
(14 May 2017)
Association member John Seagg reports that former cornet player John (Chuckles) Watts had passed away. John writes that 'Chuckles' served in 1 RAR Band in Vietnam 1965 and was wounded with multible shrapnel wounds to his legs.
The funeral for John was held on Sat 13 May in WA where AABC Association member Bob Keatch reported the funeral went well with both Bugle calls, Last Post and Rouse played, the Ode etc... and solemn gathering with eulogies for a suitable farewell.
RIP mate from all members and former members of 1RAR Band Vietnam 65-66 and the members of the AABC Association.
Vale - Warren Carr
(11 May 2017)
Dave Oakley reports that he received a call today from Margaret Carr informing him that her husband Warren Carr passed away on Sun 5 Mar 2017 aged 73. No other details have been provided at this stage.
The President and members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Margaret and the extended family.
Vale - Scotty Laycock Senior
(3 May 2017)
Scotty Laycock Jnr reports that it is with sad news that his father Scotty Laycock Snr passed away last night in Groundwater Nursing Home in Maryborough, Qld. He says his funeral will be in Maryborough later next week. Any cards and well wishes to mum Pam and sisters Debbie and Chris can be sent to 17 Philip Drive, Tinana, Qld, 4650.
The President & members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family on their loss.
Vale - Pauline Mary Jackson
(16 Apr 2017)
Gordon Lambie has advised that he has just learned of the sad news that after an extended battle with cancer, Pauline Jackson, wife of Peter Jackson passed away on Sat 15 Apr 2017 . Peter has requested privacy at this time.
Funeral Notice: Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Mrs Pauline Mary Jackson was be offered at St Mary's Church, 3 Gellibrand St, Colac on Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 1.30pm. Following the Requium Mass the Funeral continued at the Colac Cemetery.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Peter and his extended family at this time.
Vale - Hetty Florence Thorensen
(29 Mar 2017)
Association Committee Member Sue Baxter has advised the association that she received a clipping from the Courier Mail (27 March Edition) that the wife of friend and colleague Doug Thoresen, Hetty Florence Thoresen passed away peacefully on Fri 24 Mar 2017 aged 91 years.
Unfortunately when the funeral details were passed on the funeral and the celebration of Hetty's life had already been held on Tue 28 Mar 2017 at the East Chapel, Mt Thompson Crematorium, Nusery Road, Holland Park.
On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our sincere thoughts and condolences to Doug and the extended family on the sad loss of Hetty Thoresen.
Vale - Harvey William 'Bill' Thackrah
(13 Mar 2017)
The Association has been advised of death of Harvey William 'Bill' Thackrah who passed away on 9 Nov 2016 in Hervey Bay, Qld. This information appeared in the 'Last Post' section of the Queensland RSL Magazine where Association member Donald 'Shorty' Shaw, who is a member of the Hervey Bay RSL first saw it.
Bill Thackrah served as a Bass player in Korea just prior to him being posted to the Kapooka Band at Kapooka in the mid fifties. Following his service at Kapooka he served in Malaya/Borneo before returning to Australia where he was posted to the Royal Australia Engineers Band in the early sixties, which had recently been relocated from Casula to Kapooka. He served on for a number of years in other Army Bands before retiring.
'Shorty' Shaw says he met up again with Bill fifty years later at the Hervey Bay RSL and he says he was still active with the RSL and playing in the local Brass Band. The Association has contacted the Hervey Bay RSL for more information including his NOK, but no other details are known at this time.
The Association pass on their sincere condolences to Bill's extended family. RIP Bill
Vale -Morris Noel Dwyer (1 Feb 45 - 25 Feb 2017)
(10 Mar 2017)
Advice has been received that Morris Noel Dwyer passed away on Sat 25 Feb 2017. Morris was a National Serviceman who joined the Australian Army and served in Vietnam during the period 1966 - 1967 and was a member of 5 RAR Band. His funeral was held on Thu 2 Mar 2017 at 'Castlebrook', Rouse Hill, NSW where a number of the 5 RAR Band attended.
The AABC Association pass on our sincere condolences to his family. RIP
Vale - Mick Dwyer
(25 Feb 2017)
This morning at 8am, Mick Dwyer, former 5RAR bandsman and stretcher bearer, passed away.
Mick was severely wounded in the same incident that claimed the life of Mick Poole. Mick Dwyer had, for most years after the Long Hai incident, been in and out of hospital receiving treatment to spinal damage.
The broad grin, the welcoming laugh and the positive attitude will always be remembered.
RIP MICK. Lest We Forget.
Vale Phil Harrison (AAB-D)
(21 Nov 2016)
Wanita McNeill AAB-D writes it is with a heavy heart that I write this post to let you know that former member of AAB-D Phil Harrison passed away on Sun 20 Nov. Phil was one of the earliest members of AAB-D and his family is in our thoughts.
Phil was a drummer with AAB-D and although he has not been with us for many years he had always remained interested in the bands goings on and without him a little bit of AAB-D wouldn't be here today. Thanks Phil for all that you did for AAB-D, for your friendship and camaraderie. May you rest in peace now.
The AABC Association pass on our sincere condolences to his wife Linda and his family. RIP
Vale Ena Harper (12 Nov 2016) - Update
(13 Nov 2016)
The very sad news was received late on Sat 12 Nov 2016 that Ena Harper, wife of Jim Harper passed away in hospital at 3.30pm after a long and arduous illness. Jim said that the family were by her side at the time and said Ena is at rest now and finally without pain. Ena was an extrordinary and loyal lady who was always by Jim's side and will be sorely missed by us all.
The funeral for Ena was held at Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston Dandenong Road, Dandenong South (Bangholme) Victoria 3175, on Mon 21 Nov 2016.
On behalf of the Association we send our sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers to Jim and his family. RIP Ena...
Vale - Allan Batchelor
(5 Nov 2016)
Allan Batchelor, ex National Serviceman 1970 – 71 and member of Southern Command Band passed away on Sunday 30 October 2016 aged 67 years.
Allan played clarinet for his short stay and although a quiet person he possessed a wicked sense of humour, which endeared him to many and maintained his memory to his friends. Alan developed type 1 diabetes shortly after leaving the Army, and consequently developed kidney failure.
Terry Stirzaker (ex Southern Command Band 1970 – 72) then stepped forward to offer his kidney to save Allan’s life. This was one of the first Kidney organ transplants to be performed outside of a patients family.
Allan worked as an accountant for firms in Melbourne and later in the Goulburn Valley where he settled in Arcadia near Shepperton. A private memorial was held on Saturday 5 November 2016.
Just on a personal note, Alan and I flatted together for quite a number of years after he discharged and I was lucky enough to be included in his family and friends. A good mate, you can’t say better than that.
John (Snara) Hadlow
Vale - Maxwell Jones (4 May 1927 - 16 Sep 2016)
(24 Sep 2016)
Max Jones, a former member of Western Command Band in the 1960's passed away on Fri 16 Sep 2016. Max had been experiencing ill health with a number of ailments over the past couple of years, rallying after medical intervention each time. Only recently, he was in fairly advanced stages of Dementia.
Max was one of that excellent Cornet line up in the Western Command Band during the 60's and also combined his talents with a needle and thread repairing uniforms and sewing on promotion stripes for members of the band, having served his apprenticeship and a large part of his working life as a Tailor.
In later life Max was an active advocate for young people getting involved with playing a musical instrument and worked for the Education Department School of Instrumental Music as well as having a major influence with the Mandurah District Concert Band. After moving to Perth to be closer to his children Max joined the City of Perth Concert Band (French Horn) and the City of Perth Brass Band (Cornet). He was a member of the YAL Band as a youngster, a recent trip back to Araluen brought back an emotional flood of good memories of his early life.
The funeral for the late Max Jones was held on Fri 23 Sep 2016 at Peaceful Funerals, 1787 Albany Highway, Kenwick, WA.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. (From a headstone in Ireland)
Vale - Doug Hocking
(26 Aug 2016)
Association member Jeff Herbert advised of the sad passing on Thu 25 Aug 2016 of Doug Hocking aged 79 after a long illness. Doug was a former OC/Music Director of the 1st Military District Band and was highly regarded as an excellent Cornet player. Doug's postings included:
Enlisted approx 1956 and posted to Southern Command Band
Served in Borneo and Malaysia with 4 RAR 1965 - 66
Returned to Army School of Music 1967 as an instructor
Appointed Bandmaster (WO1) RAAC Band Jan 69 – Dec 70
Commissioned and appointed OC/MD (LT) Western Command Band Jan 71 – May 72
OC/MD Australian Army Band Singapore May 72 – Dec 73
Army School of Music as Bandmaster Jan 74 – Dec 75 then Senior Instructor (CAPT) Jan 76 - Dec 77.
OC/MD 1 MD Band (CAPT) Jan 78 – Jan 81
The funeral for the late Doug Hocking was held at the Albany Creek Crematorium, Lakeside Chapel on Mon 5 Sep 2016.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Alison and his family. RIP
Vale - Roy Simpson
(11 Aug 2016)
Assistant Secretary Dave Oakley notified the association that 47914 Roy Gaywood (Simmo) Simpson passed away due to heart failure at Loveday, SA on Tue 26 Jul 2016 aged 56. Roy was a 30A Intake Apprentice Musician.
Roy was a very fine concordant and tuneful tuba player in the many postings and a very respected QMSM in his final years of service.
Darryl James recalls that Roy was in his senior year of training when he returned to AAS ASM on course in the 70s' and was half the graduating class of what had to be the smallest ever intake at AAS .... the 30A intake . That graduating intake of two was made up of our ASM QMS's nephew Staff SGT Simpson and Peter Allis. Roy went on to become a well respected Warrant officer QMS AABM DFSM and AABA prior to his medical discharge in the late 90s.
Dave Oakley advises that Roy Simpsons funeral was held on Fri 19 Aug 2016 at the Barmera cemetery 131 McKenzie Road Barmera SA 5345.
Dave asked if there is anybody who would like to provide him with any stories, words or photos for the Eulogy. Please email Dave on email@example.com or phone 0438951738
Leaving this life far too early . RIP Roy
Vale LTCOL R.L. Taylor, MBE (Retd)
(22 Apr 2016)
Association member Norm Harris advised the association that former Director of Music, Bob Taylor passed away on Fri 22 Apr 2016.
Bob's career spanned the full range from 1954 when he enlisted as a Band Boy until his appoinment as Director of Music- Army in 1982.
His family have advised that the funeral will be a private one.
The AABC Association pass on their deepest sympathy and our condolences to his wife Jill and the family.
Vale - Ern Trotter QGM
(11 Apr 2016)
Former President of the AABC Association and Life Member Ern Trotter passed away early on Mon 11 Apr 2016. Ernie had been in hospital at the time undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. Ern was also one of the founding members of the AABC Association.
He was such a great stalwart of the Association and keeper of knowledge of the past 76 odd years of Australian Army Bands. Ernie had a prodigious memory and was a gifted story teller who gave us a good historical record of times past weaving anecdotes including individuals and recording dates and places.
The funeral for the late Ern Trotter was held on Fri 15 Apr 2016 at the Springvale Crematorium's 'Wilson Chapel'. Members of the AABC Association attended with Neville Lloyd playing the Last Post and Rouse. Captain Chris Martin represented the AABC.
The AABC Association convey their condolences and deepest sympathy to Ern's wife Joyce, the family and the many friends Ernie had. RIP.
'And The Trumpets Shall Sound'
Vale Ashley Greedy RAN (Retd)
Mon 27 Jan 2016)
Ashley Greedy, RAN (Retd), 7th Director of Music - Navy passed away on Sun 26 Jan 2016 in his sleep at his home in Norfolk Island. He will be remembered for his vibrant leadership, personal drive and strong management of the RAN Band through a time of great change. The RAN Band and the AABC Association offers their sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
The funeral for the late Ashley Greedy will take place at St Mark's Chapel, HMAS Cerberus on Fri 5 Feb at 11.30am. On completition a burial with family and close friends at the HMAS Cerberus Cemetery. The wake will take place at Frankston RSL.
Advice has been received that if you are driving to HMAS Cerberus you need to enter via the West Gate and you will require photo ID.
Vale - Garnet 'Buck' Rogers
(26 Jan 2016)
Former Army Apprentice Garnet 'Buck' Rogers passed away in Adelaide Hospital at 2.00am on Tue 26 Jan 2016 after being admitted the day prior and was diagnosed with cancer of the liver. Buck was a member of the 14.5 intake of Musicians who joined in July 1959 and after his graduation in 1961 he served in 2RAR and 4RAR and saw service in Malaya/Borneo and Vietnam. He discharged after completing 20 years service. Buck and his family just recently returned to South Australia from North Queensland and lived in Mt Gambier. He is survived by his wife Fe and his two children, Usula and James.
The funeral for the late 'Buck' Rogers will be held at the Harrison Funeral Home on Monday 1 Feb 2016 at 1030am, 63 Golden Grove St, Ridgehaven, SA, 5097.
RIP... from his mates from the 14th Class of Army Apprentices
Vale - Rose Webb
(9 Oct 2015)
The association has been advised of the sad passing of Rose Webb, widow of the late Col Webb who passed away recently (14 Sep). Rose passed away on Mon 5 Oct 2015. She had been confined to a nursing home for a few years suffering from Alzheimers. No funeral details are available.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to the family and freinds. RIP
Vale - Col Webb
(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.
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
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.
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
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
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 Robert (Rob/Bob) Campbell-Stewart (29 Nov 1932 - 29 Apr 2015)
(11 May 2015)
MAJ David Bird, OC/Music Director RMC Band advised that one the members of the unit noticed this funeral notice in a recent newspaper regarding the passing of Mr Robert Campbell-Stewart who passed away on Wed 29 Apr 2015. Apparently the funeral has already been conducted and no other details are available except what was published in the recent funeral announcement.
Robert was one of the establishing members of RMC Band in 1954 and was the Band Sergeant. He regularly played the 'Last Post' at the AWM Robert and was also the first soloist who performed with the Canberra Syphony Orchestra in 1955, playing Hayden's Trumpet Concerto. He later formed his own band 'The Campbell Clan'. He was a fine sportman representing the ACT in Basketball in 1960 who also played golf, tennis and table tennis.
The association pass on their sincere condolences to the family. RIP
Vale Katie Rogers
(11 May 2015)
Association member Nelson Oakley has advised the association from Brisbane that Katie Rogers, wife of Barry Rogers passed away yesterday, Fri 8 May 2015.
Katies' funeral will be held at the Buderim War Memorial Association Hall on Friday the 15th of May at 1100hrs. Katie requested that those attending wear bright clothes and make a donation to Cittamani Hospice in lieu of flowers if possible.
The AABC Association send their condolences to Barry and his family at this sad and difficult time.
Vale Mick 'Smokey' Dawson
(28 Apr 2015)
Leslie 'Shina' Wright, ex Navy WO has advised the association of the passing of ex Navy and Army musician Michael 'Smokey/Mick' Dawson. Mick's brother Gavin Dawson has contacted the association said he passed away peacefully at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth on Mon 27 Apr after a short illness.
The funeral for the late Mick 'Smokey' Dawson will be held at the Fremantle Cemetery at 1000h on Tue 5 May 2015. There will be farewell drinks and refreshments for those who wish to attend at the Ocuean Clipper Inn at Rockingham.
Mick has kindly bequeathed $5000 to AABC Association as well $5000 to the Navy Band Association.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP
Vale John Hickey
(27 Apr 15)
Association member Michael Pyne has advised the association that he received a message from Brendan Barker that his father in law, John Hickey, ex BSM of the RAAF Central Band, had died and that it coincided with Mike Butcher's passing. No other details are know at this stage.
That was followed immediately by a post on FB from Greg Butcher.
Vale Michael Butcher
(3 May 15)
The funeral for the late Michael (Mike) Butcher who passed away on Sat 25 Apr 2015 after a long battle with Cancer was held on Sat 2 May 2015 at St Judes Anglican Church, Bowral.
Michael was an extremely talented musician who at a young age served as a Band Boy at the HM Royal Marines (RM) School of Music and later in the RM Band beore coming to Australia in 1953. He enlisted in the Australian Army and served in Western Command Band before being posted to the Army School of Music at Balcombe, Vic in 1957 as an instructor. In 1960 he transferred to the RAAF Central Band and in 1966 was selected to attend the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in the UK. On his return he was appointed the Music Director of the RAAF Base Richmond Band. In 1973 he resigned to take up an appointment as Director of Music, NSW Police Department, where he served for ten years. In 1976 he took over as as conductor of the Hornsby Concert Band winning many titles and in 1980 formed the Hills Music Academy. In 1984 he rejoined the RAAF and was appointed OC RAAF Central Band. In 1989 he retired from the RAAF and re-formed the City of Sydney Concert Band and returned to the Sydney Conservatorium as Conductor of the Wind Band and lecturer in instrumental pedagogy. In 2001 he was awarded the OAM for his serrvices to music. In around 2000 both Mike and his wife April moved to the Southern Highlands and later became the MD of the Southern Highlands Theatre Group Orchestra. He was not only an excellent player on many instruments, he was also a prolific composer and arranger with some of his composition having been published.
It is of note that when the AABC Association was formed Mike was part of the group who put forward the idea to establish a Band Corps Association.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to the family and friends. RIP
Vale Ken Hussell
(18 Apr 2015)
It is with regret and sadness that I advise the passing of Ken ‘Pancho’ Hussell who passed away in hospital at 0530h on Fri 17 Apr 2015. Ken had been ill for some time with an agressive form of Prostate Cancer and fought to the end.
The funeral for the late Ken ‘Pancho’ Hussell was held on Wed 22 Apr 2015 at the Cowra Cemetery.
Ken joined the Army as an Army Apprentice musician and after graduation he was posted to Southern Command Band as a Cornet player. Later Ken was selected to undergo officer training at OCS Portsea and was commissioned as an Ordanance Corps officer, later to become a Major in the Corps. During that time he did two tours of Vietnam, but was injured on his second tour and returned home. Ken finally discharged and resided in Canberra and worked at th AWM. After Canberra Ken, his wife Trish and the family moved for the restful rural life at Cowra. Ken was a fine soldier who cared for his men and other people, to the extent both Ken and Trish fostered disabled children.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Trish, his family and friends. A fine man that will be sorely missed. RIP
Vale Max Le Vier
(12 Feb 2015)
Association member Ern Trotter recently advised of the passing of Max Le Vier, aged 88 who passed away on Wed 11 Feb 2015. Max joined the Army nearing the end of WWII and served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF) in Japan. A former member of Southern Command Band/3MD Band and the Victorian Police Band. The funeral for the late Max Le Vier was held at the Joseph Allison Chapel, 941 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon, Vic on Thu 19 Feb 2015. The AABC Association send their sincere condolences to Max's wife Shirley, his family and friends. RIP.
Vale Ray Oliphant
(18 Dec 2014)
Association member Don Jarrett has advised the passing of Ray Oliphant on Mon 15 Dec 2014. Ray was a former member of RMC Band and was later commissioned in the Education Corps.
The association send their sincere condolences to Ray's family and friends. RIP
Vale Bill Quirk
(7 Dec 2014)
Bill Honter of Perth has advised the passing of Bill Quirk on Tue 2 Dec 2014. Bill was a Percussionist and former member of Engineers Band in the 50's, Eastern Command Band, Artillery Band and later served in Vietnam with 1 RAR Band. After the Army he served in the RAAF Central Band. Bill's funeral was held on Fri 12 Dec 2014 at Port Kennedy, WA.
The AABC Association send their sincere condolences to Bill's family and freinds. RIP
Vale Laurie Lewis
(14 Nov 2014)
Knobby Neilsen has advised the association of the sad passing of friend and colleague Laurie Lewis aged 73, who passed away on Wed 12 Nov 2014 at around 2130h. Laurie had been ill for some time and was in Palliative Care at Townsville General Hospital at the time of his passing. Laurie served the Corps in a number of postings, which included 1RAR Band (attached), 5 RAR Band, Engineers Band, NQ Army Band and 6 MD Band. He was awarded an MID whilst serving in Vietnam with 5 RAR. The funeral for the late Laurie Lewis was held at Morley's Funeral Home on Thu 20 Nov 2014.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Sally and his family. RIP
Vale Erna Silk
(29 Oct 2014)
Graeme Silk, son of the late Jack Silk advised the association of the passing of Erna Silk aged 90 years on Tue 18 Oct 2014. The funeral was held at St Jude's Catholic Church, Holder on Wed 5 Nov 2014. Letters of condolence can be forwarded to Graeme at 4 Leibitz Place, Isabella Plains, ACT, 2905, or you can contact him on: 0411 033 992. The AABC Assoociation send their sincere condolences to the family. RIP
Vale Harry Jenkin, OAM
(20 Aug 2014)
Association member, Bill Honter 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.
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.
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 was held at Customs House, Corner of Watt and Bond Streets, Newcastle on Tue 15 July 2014. RIP Colin
Vale Frankie Poll
(9 Jul 2014)
Ern Trotter has advised that association member Max Levier has contacted him to advise that Frankie Poll had passed away. Frank, Ivan and Ian Cocking were ex POW Light Horse Bandsmen who joined Southern Comd Band together. Frank eventually transferred to the RAAF Central Band. The funeral will be held on Wed 16 Jul 2014 at the Heritage Funeral Home, 733 Boronia Road, Wantirna commencing at 1300h.
You can contact Frank's wife Val (also a musician) on (03) 9763-6175.
The association pass on their sincere condolences to Frank's family and friends. RIP
Vale Edna Selby(4 Jul 2014)
Barry Rogers reports that Edna Selby (wife of the late Teds Selby, former Bandmaster of Northern Command Band in the 50' & 60's's) has passed away. No funeral details are available at this time. RIP
Vale Ray 'Lofty' Gallagher, OAM
(25 Jun 2014)
Norm Austen has advised that association member 'Lofty' Gallagher passed away on Thu 19 Jun 2014). Lofty, as everybody knew him was a member of Eastern Command Band before he later joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where he performed for some considerable time. During his Army career he served in Malaysia and Vietnam. Lofty was a Life Member of the NSW Band Association. The funeral for the late Ray 'Lofty' Gallagher was held at the Pinegrove Cemetery (West Chapel) on Thu 26 Jun 2014.
The association pass on their sincere codolences to his wife and family. RIP.
Vale Roy Harbach
(13 May 2014)
John Seagg has advised that he has received advice from Gina Harbach that her husband Roy Harbach passed away. Roy was a member of 1RAR Band's first tour of Vietnam and he was the medic for 5pl B Coy. No details have been received regarding the funeral arrangements, except it will be in Sydney. RIP
Vale Ken Holcroft (24 Sep 36 - 4 Mar 14)
(13 Mar 2014)
The funeral for the late Ken Holcroft was held at the Tobin Brothers Chapel at Frankston on Tue 11 Mar 2013. Ken had been ill for a number of years and had been under the care of his wife Jean. Norm Harris reports that the Frankston City Band, which Ken was a Life Member, played prior to the service and the RSL paid their respects at the end. He says Ken's immediate family, friends and former colleagues, which included Jim Harper, Neville Lloyd, Don Jarrett, Stan Holland and many other ex-servicemen and friends filled the chapel to farewell Ken.
Ken first joined the Army as a Trooper in Armoured Corps. He transferred to Southern Command Band as a drummer and postings followed to Engineers Band at Kapooka, Malaysia/Borneo with 4RAR, Armoured Corps Band and North Queensland Army Band.
The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Jean and his family.
He will be missed..... RIP old mate.
Vale Selwyn King Senior
(6 Feb 14)
Association member Sel King has advised that his father 'Big Sel' passed away peacefully last evening (Wed 5 Feb 2014) at approxmately 7:50pm losing his battle with his body. Sel says for all of my friends who were lucky enough to know my dad 'Big Sel', he was a true character and will be dearly missed. Rest now my old mate. The AABC Association send their sincere condolences to Sel and his family at this difficult time. RIP.
Vale Merv Allis
(30 Jan 2014)
Advice was received from John McGregor of the passing of Merv Allis. Merv died at 1015h on Thu 30 Jan 2014 in Kyneton, Victoria. This was not unexpected, and after speaking with son, Pete, and daughte- in-law, Sharon, they say the rest Merv enjoys now is a release from his uncomfortable recent months. The funeral was held on Fri 7 Feb 2014 at 1100h at TJ Scott & Son Funeral Directors Chapel in Kyneton (VIC).
Tributes.... My Final Salute to Major Merv Allis: I salute you my friend...RIP
SSGT John McGregor OAM, Retd
It is sad to hear of Merv’s demise. He was a member of the class of ’75, along with Mike Pyne, Bruce Munchenberg, Lawrie Young, Fred Rooke and myself. RIP Merv.