Home' Advance In Review : Advance in Review August 2017 Contents Sergeant Boyle (L) and Warrant Officer Ellem passing the metaphorical baton to Aaron (L) and Rob.
Today’s Air Force is balanced and capable and has constantly
evolved to meet Australia’s air power needs for over 96 years.
This involves a combination of equipment and dedicated people
which synergise to enable the Air Force to be a highly capable
organisation which delivers air power in the service of Australia’s
Music plays an important role in the Air Force. The evocative and
transformative power of music enriches Air Force culture, and
shapes people’s attitude and commitment to Air Force values.
Music influences behaviours, and fosters esprit de corps. Through
music, Air Force Band is able to share the Air Force experience
with communities around Australia.
We are delighted this year to continue to present ‘Advance in
Review’. This is a publication which is presented by our Air Force
musicians, as an initiative of our Air Force musicians. Every story
is a story they wish to share, and told in the manner they wish to
We hope you enjoy this edition of Advance in Review.
Squadron Leader Mathew Shelley | Commanding Officer
16-17 Sep 2017 Battle of Britain commemorations
Air Force Ceremonial Band
Sun 17th 10:45 a.m .
8 Oct 2017
Air Force Concert Band
Melbourne Town Hall
2 p.m . free event
28 Nov 2017
Air Force Concert Band
Wagga Wagga Community Centre
7.30 p.m . free event
Air Force Band has been steadily undergoing
the recruitment of new members into the
band in recent years, bringing in fresh
young faces with new ideas and energies.
In February 2016 Air Force Band held its
final round of clarinet auditions. Many
excellent clarinettists competed for a place
in Australia’s premiere military ensemble.
Two superb musicians made it through
the audition process and their subsequent
recruit training and are now working in the
unit. Let’s meet them: Aircraftmans Aaron
Klein and Robert Scott.
Liam Murphy (LM): Welcome Aaron, can you
tell us about your musical background and
the instruments you play.
Aaron Klein (AK): I started playing clarinet in
primary school then, before I knew it, I was
a graduate of Melbourne University with an
Honours Degree in Music Performance. My
background is primarily as an orchestral
musician, having played professionally
for around six years now. It is a welcome
change to be playing in a professional wind
band. The list of instruments I can play is
always growing but the ones I play most are
clarinet, piano, flute, recorder, and ocarina.
LM: What were some of the highlights and
challenges of recruit training?
AK: There is no denying that the greatest
highlight was coming home after it was
finished! While my body threatened to let me
down occasionally, I loved battle- physical
training. Activities such as pushing cannons
uphill, doing obstacle courses while under
fire (blank rounds) and spending a week
out in the field defending a position were all
memorable highlights. I also enjoyed visiting
the war memorial in Canberra in uniform for
the first time.
LM: How did you find your audition and
introduction to the Air Force Band?
AK: The audition process was as I expected:
taken very seriously and in a professional
manner. It was very well organised and
Sergeant Ian Hodgson was extremely helpful
with any questions I had of him throughout
the whole process. Upon joining the unit
after training, everyone was incredibly
inviting and friendly. I’m the youngest
member of the band currently and there
has never been a moment where I have been
made to feel unequal to anyone else.
LM: Tell us about your hobbies and activities
outside of music and the Air Force.
AK: I definitely have too many hobbies
to mention! I usually spend my free time
freestyle skiing, trampolining, fire breathing
or doing graphic design.
FEATURE: passing the baton
Front Cover: Scenes from the Townsville Airshow 2016.
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