Drum Majors Course

Last month, Corporal Jaiden Redman, alongside three other members of the Australian Army Band, attended the prestigious Drum Majors Course at Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera. This intensive course was conducted under the expert guidance of Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Mick Beeton, who imparted comprehensive training on the role and duties of a Drum Major. The course covered various aspects essential for leading a marching band, ensuring that the attendees were well-prepared for their new responsibilities.

Upon his successful completion of the course, Corporal Redman quickly transitioned into his new role. He was immediately given the opportunity to demonstrate his newly acquired skills, leading his first parade as Drum Major during the 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1RTB) Marchout Parade on Friday, 10th May. His performance marked a significant milestone in his career and showcased the effectiveness of the training he received.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Corporal Redman and the Australian Army Band’s newest cohort of qualified Drum Majors. Their dedication and hard work have equipped them with the skills necessary to lead and inspire, ensuring the continued excellence of the Australian Army Band.


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  • ROBERT A KEATCH June 24, 2024   Reply →

    From my experience, the position of Drum Major in an Australian Army Band entails a lot more than the ‘staff/mace drill out front. ‘ It is and always has been a position of honour. The Drum Major carries the ‘colours’ and the King’s ensign ‘CR’ on the Sash. Before any marching band event, rehearsal time requires in-depth knowledge of ceremonial aspects, frequent liaisons with RSMs and parade commanders, and excellent personnel management skills. It is good to see this course of study still observed and conducted with band musicians. Congratulations to all involved, and well done to those new Drum Majors.

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