(President 1981 - 1985)
Neville commenced his band career in 1937, learning trombone with the Hobart RSL Junior Band. In 1942, he enlisted in the 2nd AIF (under age) and served in WW2 as a bugler, Bandsman and stretcher-bearer. Transferring to the RAN as a musician in late 1945, he attended the RAN School of Music and was taught the French Horn.
In 1949 Neville left the Navy and went back on the Trombone to play in his first band contest. He contested throughout Australia regularly for the next 26 years with outstanding bands such as; Hobart City, Tasmanian Command, Mackay City, South Australian Police, Kensington and Norwood and Brisbane Excelsior.
With Neville participating, several of these bands won National and State titles. Neville himself won two Champion of Champions, two National Trombone titles, several State titles as well as winning events with various ensembles.
Neville always displayed an interest in Drill and achieved the position of Drum Major while still playing Trombone. Due to medical reasons, Neville was sadly forced to cease playing but continued his association with bands and banding by filling the position of Drill Judge. Neville has been on the QBA drill board since 1976 and has judged drill at State, (every State except W.A.) and National Levels.
Neville is past president of the QBA, was secretary for 1 year, a delegate for 22 years and is currently one of the Vice Presidents. With his exemplary service to banding and the QBA, Neville has achieved all of the QBA awards for service and dedication.