a sensational weekend I had in Adelaide. I met people that served
during my time and some that were way before.
Bob and Carol Chumley and Eric and Jan Hayward did a fantastic
job of getting the inaugural RMB Australia reunion off the ground.
As you can appreciate we live in a rather large country and
getting as many to attend as they could was miraculous to say
people came from New Zealand, what a tremendous effort; some
of us from Victoria and the rest were from South Australia.
Unfortunately there were people missing which was a shame, but
I'm sure when they find out about us then they might be inspired
to attend the next one.
was a lot of bantering of old times they all shared, recollections
and photographs were plentiful. I watched as the, more senior,
members swapped stories and shared moments they remembered when
they served with the RMB. Eric Hayward was saying that when
he joined there were 32 RM Bands.
Lambert, who by the way is 77 and still, conducting a local
orchestra even after serious illnesses, could virtually rattle
off all the names of the bands, and some. I must be honest I
was the youngest one there, at a meager 53, and felt quite proud
that I also was the sole representative the Corps of Drums,
albeit I did turn musician in 1980.
was the initial meeting and on Saturday we had a more formal
lunch on board HMS Buffalo. Bob Chumley, who started the Sea
Cadet Unit T.S. Noarlunga, (I hope I've spelt that OK,) organized
for us to be piped on board as we crossed the brow.
was said by ex Bandmaster/Lt RNZ Navy Band Garry Brownrigg,
and the inaugural toast was by Tom Lambert, who proposed a toast
to those musicians that lost their lives at the hands of the
IRA. A great time was had by all and I look forward to meeting
more at the next Australian RMB Reunion.
a wonderful world we live in and what wonderful Esprit de Corps
we all have.