Updates and News

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.

Vale - William Alexander (Alex) Rose

(28 November 2021)

Alex Rose passed away on Saturday 27 November 2021. Alex was a member of 1RAR and served in Malaya 1959 - 1961.

Upon arriving in Singapore he was seconded to the 1RAR Band and after initially being a member of the drum corps, he moved to cornet and then swapped that for a tenor horn. Alex also played clarinet and saxophone and was a member of the 1RAR dance band.

RIP Alex

Special General Meeting - 5pm 16 December 2021

(24 November 2021)

There are two matters that have arisen recently that require a Special General Meeting to gauge the Association’s support or not.

For further information please login to the members secure page.

Vale - Mervyn John Ehrich 

(23 October 2021)

Mervyn John Ehrich (known as John Ehrich), who served in 1 RAR in Korea, then in the Northern Command Band died 20 October 21.

He enlisted on 29th February 1953 and left the Army on 19th February 1959. He was also a member of the group, which established the RAR National Memorial Walk. His sister Fiona attended the dedication ceremony at Gallipoli Barracks with him.

Mervyn’s funeral service will be held on 28th October at 11:00 am in the East Chapel of Mt Thompson Crematorium, Holland Park. Those who may have known Mervyn are welcome to attend.

May he Rest In Peace 

Vale - Jack Green 

(20 October 2021)

Don 'Shorty' Shaw reported the passing of Jack Green on 5 October 2021 at Hervey Bay in Queensland. Jack was a former drummer with Southern Command Band during the Melbourne Olympic Games. Jack later transferred to Ordnance Corps and served in Vietnam.

Vale - Lewis Plumridge

(2 October 2021)

Lewis Plumridge passed away from complications with his battle with pancreatic and liver cancer on 28th September 2021.

Lewis was a member of the RMC band in the early 70's and from 1981 to 2008 was the Director of Music at Mentone Grammar, Victoria. Lewis was called up for National Service and said "Well, I might as well make the best of the situation". He was certainly qualified and very welcome, as he came to RMC with a B. Mus and a Dip Ed. He was a competent pianist and organist but by his own admission, was not a very good clarinettist. That didn't matter to us, as here we had a pianist capable of playing the accompaniment to our concertos and other pieces. During his time at RMC, he took the opportunity to play the organ at the chapel. Thus inspired, he arranged several pieces for organ and three trumpets. I recorded those sessions and a few years ago, I transferred the tapes on to CD and sent him a copy. When Lewis was recently diagnosed with cancer, he took the bull by the horns and said "This won't beat me!" and decided rather than watch TV all day he'd tackle three main tasks:

1: Do the chemo and get better.
2: Write his memoirs of his time as a musician and especially his time in the army.
3: Publish the CD.

To accomplish number 3, he needed to confirm who the three trumpeters were. So he, along with his wife Carole and one of his sons who was to do the artwork for the CD, visited RMC in April this year. The first thing he wanted to do was play the organ again. So with assistance from the RMC Chaplain Tracey Sutherland, he was able to make his way up to the organ keyboard and play to his heart's content. We then visited the RMC band room and received a warm welcome from the Officer Commanding/Music Director Major Darren Cole. We were also introduced to the band who we heard in all their splendour the day before at the Music at Midday concert. Lewis told the story of how he, as a brand new arrival at RMC, was invited by the Director of Music- Army, Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Newman for morning tea. At the time of course we all thought, "Who is this upstart - he's just arrived and he's having morning tea with the Director!" Then Lewis revealed to the band that he was asked by the Directer to assist him in compiling the Official Australian Army hymn-book. And to Lewis's delight, Major Cole told him that they still use it! 

We eventually managed to figure out who the three trumpeters were. The first two were Ian Muir and Richard Bond. I managed to contact both Ian and Richard and Richard confirmed the third trumpeter was the late, George Trudgeon. All three were fine trumpeters indeed and were an asset to the band. Suitably armed with the information he needed, Lewis then set about finalising the CD. He was doing extremely well with his treatment and I was impressed by his attitude and stamina. 

The sad news of his passing came as quite a shock. He is survived by his wife Carole and his sons Chris and Richard. 

A Service of Thanksgiving for Lewis will be held on Wednesday 6th. October at 2 p.m.

To view a live-stream of this service, please visit the Upcoming Services page at selwynallenfunerals.com.au

And the memoirs? Sadly, not completed.

Trevor Dalziell (ex RMC)

Facebook tribute from Mentone Grammar 

Vale - Kenneth 'Swampy' Sutton

(1 October 2021)

Ted McCauley has advised of the passing of Kenneth Sutton, who was a former Drum Major of 6RAR Band 1966-67.

No other details are available of Ken's passing.

Vale - Vivian Law - Update

(29 July 2021)

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce that Viv Law passed away on 19 July 2021.

Viv was the consummate professional soldier who was a mentor to many many young soldiers wherever he served.

Please don’t contact the boys at this stage as they are mourning and devastated that they couldn’t see their dad before he passed due to the lockdown.

The family aren’t sure about funeral arrangements at this stage due to the current strict lockdown in Sydney, but will possibly have a gathering after the lockdown to allow anyone who served with Viv to get together to celebrate his life.

This is the link to the live streaming of Viv Law's funeral service Friday 30 July starting at 10.45am for 11am. I will be attending the service to support the boys.

Mark Langford

Vale - Wally Williams

(12 June 2021)

Neville Lloyd has advised the Association that he received a call from Wally's daughter Julie Williams who informed him that Wally had sadly passed away on Tuesday 8 June 2021.

Wally enlisted on 7 January 1956 as a Band Boy (6th Band Boy Class/10th Intake Army Apprentice) at the Army Apprentice School at Balcombe.

Units served in following his graduation from AAS: Kapooka Band, 1RAR Band (Malaya) and Central Command Band.

The funeral arrangements will be a graveside service to be held at Vaughan, Victoria on Friday 18 June 2021 at 1330. This will be followed by a meeting of family and friends at the Guildford Hotel (TBC). 

RIP Wally... your duty done.

2021 AGM/Reunion Townsville

(29 March 2021)

The Registration form for the 2021 AGM and Reunion in Townsville can be found in the Members Area on this web site

If you require assistance accessing the Members Area please contact the website admin Stu Colhoun

Vale - Barry Rodgers

(22 Feb 2021)

Barry Rodgers, ex Northern Command Band, ex ASM, ex 2MD Band, ex 4MD Band, passed away on 21 Feb 2021.

A funeral service for Barry will be held on 26 March 2021 at 10am. Gregson & Weight Funeral Directors, 159 Wises Road, Buderim QLD.

Medals may be worn as a sign of respect for Barry's service. Due to COVID-19 restrictions numbers attending may be restricted.


Vale - Dougie Burnside

(22 Feb 2021)

Tony Sillcock has advised that Dougie Burnside, ex Central Command Band and 10 Bn RSAR Band, passed away on 21 Feb 2021.

On behalf of the Association I offer our sincere condolences. RIP Doug, job done.


AABC Association Award 2020

(16 Nov 2020)

The 2020 Australian Army Band Corps Association Award recipient is CPL Jacob Curro of AAB Kapooka - 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.