Annette was first introduced to 'brass banding' at the age of 10 when her family was transferred to central Queensland. Her father, a Bb Bass player, joined the local town band in Clermont, and taught his daughter the rudiments of cornet playing.
When her family returned to Brisbane, Annette and her father, Clyde McDonald, played with several bands including Wynnum Manly Citizens and the SED RSL Band before deciding to play with Sunnybank & District Brass Band in the mid 1970's.
Writing Grant Submissions for building renovations, hall furniture, carpets and
stands, many instruments and youth scholarship prizes has been one of the areas where Annette has made the biggest contribution to the success of Sunnybank Brass obtaining funds totaling over $60,000.00. She continues to pursue the financial security of the band in this vital role.
Having great administration skills has lead Annette to her involvement in organising and hosting the 2006 and 2008 National Championships held in Brisbane. Annette was elected initially as Secretary of the Queensland Band Association and then as President in 2010.
Being the Queensland representative on the National Band Council of Australia has also provided her with the opportunity to hold the positions of Contest Liaison Officer for the Adelaide Nationals (2011) and the Melbourne Nationals (2012).
The growth and development of Sunnybank Brass has, and will always be, at the heart of Annette's priorities and she hopes to be able to assist the band in many ways in the future.