Australian Army Band to rock Redcliffe

Published 6:00pm 27 April 2022

Australian Army Band to rock Redcliffe
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Musicians from the Australian Army Band Brisbane are set to return to the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre for a rocking good time in May, bringing a new playlist for audiences to sing along to.

The band will play two big shows, including a matinee, when they visit on Friday, May 27.

Speaking to Moreton Daily ahead of the show, Band Director Major Rachel Beeton said the band loves performing in the Redcliffe region.

“We perform regularly at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre and have been doing it for quite a long time – possibly about 20 years,” Major Beeton said.

“We do three shows each year, and this will be our first performance at the centre for 2022.

“This performance is based around the era of when the Vietnam War was on, so the early 1960s, and features a mixture of rock music and Motown.

“It’s presented by our own rock band, featuring four amazing female vocalists and a horn section.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but one of the things we will be doing is featuring music from the Sapphires, and the songs they performed when they toured Vietnam.”

Australian Army Band to rock Redcliffe
Above: Musician Miella Sartori, who will be singing at the concert on May 27

Engaging with the community

The band is based at the Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera but perform at different venues across the state.

“The band performs for military and community audiences right across southeast Queensland,” Major Beeton said.

“Our area of responsibility is all over Queensland, and the band enhances the Army’s image to engage with Defence and civilian communities.

“We regularly perform at the Barracks in Canungra, or out at RAAF Amberley in Ipswich.

“Now that COVID restrictions are easing, we are looking forward to getting out of Brisbane and traveling to some more of the regional areas, as we absolutely love travelling.

“We recently travelled down to Casino to support a parade for the Defence Force personnel who supported the region’s flood recovery efforts.”

The band also works closely with local schools to help students who play the bugle for important days and like Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Reserve your seat

The show will be held at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre on Friday, May 27.

Show times will be held from 2pm-3.15pm and again from 7.30-8.45pm.

Tickets are $28 each.

A $2 online fee and a $2.10 phone transaction fee applies.

To book, visit the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre website.

Upcoming performances

The Australian Army Band Brisbane will return to the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre for two more performances this year.

“We will be back in August for a 1940s-themed big band show,” Major Beeton says.

“Then our Christmas show is traditionally the band’s final performance for the year.”

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