The Melbourne Red Shield Band (Bandmaster Noel Jones) mourns the death of Bandsman Ron Holmes, who passed away on 17 August 2010.As a boy, Holmes attended Burnley State School and then Richmond Technical School. He learned to dance, and once danced at the Tivoli, where he met Chico Marx. He worked in several roles, including as an AMP salesman.
He learned to play brass at Burnley Corps, taught by Colonel Hill (with the fingering written under the notes). By the age of 16 he had gone on to be Bandmaster at Northcote Corps.
In 1968, he married Elaine and moved to Golbourne where he became Bandmaster of the Corps Band. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Over the years, Holmes also served as YP Bandmaster, Bandmaster, Singing Company Leader and Youth Group Leader in several corps.
Holmes was a willing participant in the Veterans Band, serving on the solo cornet bench. He had a fine tenor voice and was a valued member of the Male Voice Party. In the last couple of years, he was also featured as a vocal soloist.
Melbourne Red Shield Band web site