Air Force swingin’ style lands in special RAAF Ballarat lunch

FLY-IN: Air Force Band members Salvador Blasco, Ian Hodgson, Adam Schlemitz, Emma Knight, Nathan Low form a quintet to team with Brenton Burley in a special lunchtime performance in Ballarat. Picture: Lachlan Bence
FLY-IN: Air Force Band members Salvador Blasco, Ian Hodgson, Adam Schlemitz, Emma Knight, Nathan Low form a quintet to team with Brenton Burley in a special lunchtime performance in Ballarat. Picture: Lachlan Bence

AN AIR Force Band quintet added a bright note to a lively lunch in Wendouree on Tuesday.

The woodwind quintet entertained Royal Australian Air Force Ballarat branch members in a special performance.

RAAF Ballarat president Tom Roberts said fewer official service musicians meant members were particularly privileged for this regional visit.

“We knew they would play an eclectic mix of music for us,” Mr Roberts said. 

“They’ve been very accommodating, mixing in with everyone at the tables and talking to everyone.”

A surprise rendition of Knees Up Mother Brown was dedicated to  92-year-old former Wrens (from England’s Women’s Royal Naval Service).

Ballarat was the first RAAF country branch established with Victoria is one of only two still active branches – the other is in Bendigo.

Mr Roberts said people need not to have served in the RAAF to be a member – he had not served in the RAAF – but the branch was open to people interested in aviation or for a social outing.

Anyone wishing to join can contact Mr Roberts on 5332 7123.