AUS­TRALIAN ARMY BAND ROCKS DALBY CHRIS­TIAN COL­LEGE TO CLOSE TOUR

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

JAM­MING: Mu­si­cian Sa­muel McDon­ald on the elec­tric gui­tar dur­ing the Aus­tralian Army Band Bris­bane’s per­for­mance at Dalby Chris­tian Col­lege on Wed­nes­day.

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