Australian Army Band Corps

The role of the Australian Army Band Corps (AABC) is to provide musical support, and promote the public image and operational effectiveness of the Australian Army.

The Australian Army Band Corps personnel are nested within two discreet commands:

  • The Australian Army Band consists of five full-time bands and six part-time bands.
  • Under Forces Command there are five part-time unit regimental bands.

The Australian Army Band has members in all capital cities and the three regional centres of Townsville, Wagga Wagga and Newcastle. Forces Command bands are located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Each band supports many tasks with a wide range of musical capabilities, ranging from symphonic wind band and swing band music, through to jazz and rock styles. Please visit the Army bands page to learn more about the various bands and their locations.

The AABC provides band capability to ceremonial and training activities conducted by the ADF. The individual commands have more defined roles governing the day to day employment of musicians. 

While primarily being musicians, all members of AABC are soldier musicians, who are required to regularly qualify in fundamental soldiering skills. Those in the Australian Army Band are also required to carry out administrative roles to ensure the unit operates effectively.

Although the AABC has a relatively short history, being formed on 2 August 1968, the Australian Army has always had bands.

For information on how to join the Army band, please visit ADF Careers website.

For audio and sheet music downloads, please visit the Defence Ceremonial protocols and guidance page.

Australian Army Band Corps prayer

Eternal Father, we thank you for the beauty of music. Help us, the members of the Australian Army Band Corps, to use the skills we possess to bring enjoyment and inspiration to others, through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen


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