Australian Army Band Kapooka
Since 1952 the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) has been served by a full time military band. Originally a brass band with 12 members, the unit has grown in reputation and now boasts a posted strength of 22 musicians performing on brass, woodwind and rhythm section instruments. As well as a marching band, Australian Army Band Kapooka (AAB-K) proudly boasts a stage band, rock band, jazz ensemble as well as brass and saxophone groups. This versatility means most genres of music can be performed and the band can cater for all musical tastes. AAB-K continues its primary role of supporting ARTC and is therefore kept busy performing at march out parades and other functions within the Kapooka Military Area. In addition to military and ceremonial roles, the band provides support to local and regional charitable organisations and communities in the Riverina. In particular, the band performs a series of Music at Midday concerts in Wagga, the final concert in the annual Twilight by the Lagoon concert series and the Wagga Wagga Christmas Spectacular.
In 2009, AAB-K was granted Freedom of Entry to the City of Wagga Wagga to mark, commemorate and acknowledge 56 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the City and the Riverina. This privilege is regarded as the highest compliment offered to a military unit by a civilian organisation or community.
As well as providing support to military and civilian communities, the band has also proudly represented Australia overseas on tours and deployments including Papua New Guinea in 1990, East Timor in 2000 and 2001, Bougainville in 2004, Japan in 2004 and Tonga in 2011.
Enquiries can be made on (02) 6933 8432 or by emailingAABK.Admin [at] defence.gov.au.