The dashing National Servicemen's Memorial Band are looking for more members.
The dashing National Servicemen's Memorial Band are looking for more members. Contributed.

Military pipe band cuts a dash

IT'S always uplifting to hear stories of seniors enjoying life and forging ahead with pursuits that entertain and nourish them and at the same time, give pleasure to others.

Such a group forms the National Servicemen's Memorial Band, average age 65.

Members meet every Wednesday without fail for band practice.

The band was formed in 1999 as a memorial to the men called up for National Service between 1951 and 1972 and for those who gave their lives in defence of Australia.

Kitted up in their Cameron of Erracht tartan kilts and wearing the badge of the 61st Queensland Cameron Highlanders, the members cut a dashing look as they parade with their pipes and drums.

They come from diverse backgrounds. Many are ex members of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Police Force and now hold various occupations ranging from accountancy to funeral directors. Many of them are retirees.

The band has performed at many events since they formed, including Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Long Tan Day parades.

Travelling to New Caledonia every second year to lead the French Bastille Day Parade as guests of the French Military is a highlight and the band is respected by the French Military and the French Government.

Self-funded, band members raise money through sausage sizzles and selling badges and memorabilia, and although they receive a little funding from performances they never charge a fee.

This is a community band of dedicated and passionate Brisbane locals with the aim of giving enjoyment to everyone.

They play tunes no other pipe band does, making them a hit wherever they perform.

Anyone is welcome to join the band, no military background required.

For more details call John Arnfield on 0425 824 299 or email dolgelly@tpg.com.au.


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