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Army May 12, 2011
By Kloe Croker
THE Army Relief Trust Fund
(ARTF) has supported person-
nel affected by recent floods in the
Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba
regions to help cover the cost
of damage to homes and personal
ARTF Chairman Brig Gerard
Fogarty, DGPers-A, said several Army
members had benefited from flood
relief loan assistance.
"The ARTF has paid out $40,500
in loans and $15,000 in grants to help
Army members get back on their feet,"
For those who struggled to obtain
assistance from insurance companies
and the Government, the ARTF pack-
age assisted members in financial dif-
ficulty, because of the floods.
Lt Umberto Nadalin, 9 Logistic
Spt Coy, had his property totally sub-
merged under more than a metre of
water. His home was one of many dam-
aged by the floods in the Ipswich area.
"I used the loan to replace my dam-
aged kitchen, recarpet and pay for the
electrical recertification of the prop-
erty," Lt Nadalin said.
"The level of financial support was
significant and the quick approval has
made the process very streamlined."
For more information on the ARTF loans and
grants scheme go to www.armyrtf.com.au.
Flood assistance guidelines can be found at
Flood help here
Wave of support: Commander 7 Bde Brig Paul MacLachlan
presents Cpl Adam Wallace (inset) with a cheque from the Army
Relief Trust Fund to repair flood damage to his home in Toowong.
Photo by Cpl Kim Allen
MILITARY customs and traditions
will be upheld with the fresh role of
Army Bands under the AABC's new
structure, according to Army Director
of Music Lt-Col Ian McLean.
The Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney and
Kapooka bands will revert from 35 to 22
members and be known as support bands.
The six ARA bands and five regional
ARes bands have been based on a concert
band since the late 1960s.
They were a versatile musical combi-
nation of brass, woodwind and percussion
instruments able to perform jazz, folk,
rock, swing and classical musical styles.
Lt-Col McLean said this historic cul-
ture was preserved by maintaining RMC
Band as a traditional and internationally
regarded concert band.
"Support bands will perform rock,
funk and hip-hop with talented vocalists
and groove instrumentalists playing music
relevant to younger soldiers and commu-
nity audiences," Lt-Col McLean said.
"They will still perform ceremonial
duties but performance focus will change
to a commercial ensemble with an empha-
sis on modern music."
Regional ARes bands will perform
The tenures for musicians in their cur-
rent postings will be protected and there
will be a slight increase in ARA cadre
staff for the reserve bands.
Service dress and DPCU will become
the primary performance uniforms with
the cessation of the heritage red and white
jackets and pith helmets.
Lt-Col McLean said the outstanding
success of a recent 1RAR band deploy-
ment to Afghanistan amplified the power
that music had to raise and maintain
morale and espirit de corps.
"The entertainment package from that
tour set the benchmark for continuing the
important role," Lt-Col McLean said.
"It was also an opportunity for the
AABC to formalise the change in music
direction to better fit within the framework
of the modern adaptive Army."
As part of a new marketing strategy all
Army bands will now be promoted under
the banner of The Army Band.
Band changes mean
more modern music
Banding together: The 1RAR Band's performance in Afghanistan last year
has been hailed as an example for all military bands. Photo by WO2 Mark Dowling
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