Port Stephens Legacy Concert

Australian Army Band Newcastle
Australian Army Band Newcastle


PORT Stephens Legacy are holding their 11th annual concert of the Australian Army Band Newcastle at 2pm on Saturday, 2nd September at Tomaree Education Centre, Salamander Bay.

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The annual concert is a major fundraiser for Port Stephens Legacy, an organisation dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.

Their aims include the protection of basic needs; advocating for entitlements, rights and benefits; assisting families through bereavement; and helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.

All funds raised will be used to support 275 widows and eight children under the care of Port Stephens Legacy Group.
Tickets cost $20 with school children free and are available on the door.

The Australian Army Band Newcastle consists of approximately 30 members who play a broad range of music, including the ever popular pipes and drums, under the leadership of Captain Mike Fitzpatrick.

With only a short break from service after World War Two and under various names and configurations, the Australian Army Band Newcastle has existed as Newcastle and the Hunter region of New South Wales’ own Military band since 1861.

The band members are drawn from the local community who, in addition to their normal employment, are talented musicians employed on a part-time basis by the Australian Army.

The band’s main focus involves the support and promotion of the Australian Defence Force units within the Hunter region of NSW, though they are also very active in community development and support.

They also strive to develop music and musicians within the Hunter region.

The band comprises ensembles from quartets to a full military band and performs music from all genres to suit any occasion.

It also features a Pipes and Drums section making it a very varied production and a crowd favourite, the bagpipes.

Members of the Australian Army Band Newcastle enjoy the privileges of being an Australian Army musician, a part-time job that offers amazing performing opportunities both domestically and internationally.

This is a great opportunity for any keen and talented musicians interested in a rewarding part-time career to see the Army Band in full flight.

Doors open at 1.15pm with the local PCYC band playing from 1.30pm.


By: Sarah STOKES

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