Army rock band and jazz ensemble to entertain field day visitors

September 5, 2014

Army rock band

The Rising Suns will play at the field days.

Field day visitors will be entertained by both a rock band and jazz ensemble from the Australian Army Band Kapooka at Henty this year.

The rock band, The Rising Suns, will play a rendition of popular music at The Stump at 10-10.30am and 2-2.30pm on Tuesday, September 23.

While, the jazz ensemble will entertain throughout the day on Tuesday at the main bar or in the Farm Gate Produce Market food court.

The Army Recruit Training Centre, near Wagga Wagga, has been served by a full-time military band since 1952.

Originally a brass band with 12 members, the unit has grown in both size and reputation, now boasting a posted strength of 22 musicians performing on brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.

As well as the marching band, Australian Army Band Kapooka has a stage band, a jazz ensemble, and brass and woodwind groups.

Band music director Major Peter Thomas said the versatility meant that most genres of music could be performed, catering to all musical tastes.

Australian Army Band Kapooka continues its primary role of supporting the recruit training centre, performing on March Out parades and at functions within the Kapooka Military Area.

The band also provides support in the form of concert performances for local and regional communities and charities.

In 2009, the band was granted Freedom of the City of Wagga to mark, commemorate and acknowledge 56 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the city and the Riverina.

“This tradition is regarded as the highest compliment offered to a military unit by a civil organisation or community,’’ Major Thomas said.

“The band has on occasion proudly represented Australia overseas on tours and deployments, including Papua New Guinea in 1990, East Timor in 2000 and 2001, Bouganville and Japan in 2004, and Tonga in 2011.’’