AUSTRALIAN ARMY BAND ROCKS DALBY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TO CLOSE TOUR
DALBY Christian College welcomed a special visitor on Wednesday, as the Australian Army Band Brisbane popped in to put on a show and hold workshops.
Playing classics such as Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh, students and teachers alike had a lunchtime they won’t forget in a hurry.
Sergeant Adam Corning is the band’s bass player and loves every minute he gets to spend in rural communities.
“Every time we get the chance to come out to these places we take the opportunity,” Sgt Corning said.
“We’re tied in Brisbane a lot of the time but this a chance to do something for the farmers and community west of Toowoomba.
“Today was all about music education – everyone in the band started out in a school music program so it’s good to give back to school music programs.”
Dalby was the last stop on the band’s tour, which began last Thursday and took in towns such as Longreach, Quilpie, Charleville and Chinchilla.
Sgt Corning said the Chinchilla stop was particularly memorable for all members of the touring party.
“We linked up with the Drought Angels and spent five hours in their warehouse sorting it out and building furniture for them,” he said.
“They’ve done an amazing job for the community, it was great to just have 13 of us there to get a heap done for them. They told us we got about six weeks’ worth of work done.
“They couldn’t believe we helped them out so much, it was very worthwhile.”
Sgt Corning has played the bass for 25 years and has been in the army for 17 years.
In that time he has come to realise the crucial role armed services play in supporting towns not only when they are going through hard times but also when they are prospering.
“The army tends to help out a community when there’s a natural disaster ... but it’s good to get out and visit places when they aren’t dealing with something like that for a change,” he said.
JAMMING: Musician Samuel McDonald on the electric guitar during the Australian Army Band Brisbane’s performance at Dalby Christian College on Wednesday.