Simone Dew from the Australian Army Band Brisbane sings to the Robina Community Centre at its last Gold Coast concert for 2011.
Simone Dew from the Australian Army Band Brisbane sings to the Robina Community Centre at its last Gold Coast concert for 2011.

Army strikes up the band

ROBINA'S audience appreciates the Brisbane Australian Army Band's versatility, says Major Jeff Cocks.

He said during the band's final Gold Coast performance for 2011 its ability to play Broadway and John Williams of Star Wars fame's music in addition to military was its drawcard.

"It's great to play at Robina and always encouraging playing to a full house," Major Cocks said.

He said vocalists 11-year-old Victoria Rosiak and full-time singer Simone Dew were highlights at the Robina Community Centre yesterday.

"The concert program was mixed and had a Christmas flavour to it as well.

"There's a perception military bands only play military music, but this is not the case.

"What makes good military bands stand out is their versatility and I think that's what our audiences really like."

The Major said discipline was a factor in the band's excellence but his musicians' motivation was the key.

"Many of them play more than one instrument, which allows you to play different styles of music."



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