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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 110 – RAN BAND NEWS

- 110 – RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBER 2 14 JULY 2003 BEAT TO QUARTERS LIVE ON THE MORNING SHOW USING THE CEREMONIAL SILVER DRUMS WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK Welcome to the second edition of the RAN Band News. There has been much achievement and acknowledgment during the previous twelve months period, and it is timely that I review that achievement and acknowledgement in this edition as we transfer from Maritime Command to Navy System Command. Our effort to reinvigorate the band’s contribution to the Fleet has been a resounding success. Since July last year we have embarked elements of the band on four separate occasions; in all, a total of 25 musicians have been deployed on Major Fleet Units. You would be aware of the costs associated in getting back to sea. To remind you; this time last year no one was qualified for sea and we had a significant shortfall in personnel, and getting people re-qualified resulted in a lot of disruption to each of the permanent detachments. This disruption, combined with the high training liability for the January to June period had to be managed carefully, and required some of our reserves to undertake continuous full time service. I would like to acknowledge Lieutenant Steve Cottier and Lieutenant Paul Cottier for their support of this initiative and their ability to manage any disruption within their detachments. I am pleased to report that our recruiting effort has also been a resounding success. As we move into the next financial year all of our allowed positions are full, and we have a significant list of applicants waiting for positions to become vacant. There is still some mismatch with regard to instrumentation balance; but I expect this to be resolved over the coming year. Despite a budget that is less than we would all hope for, we have managed to achieve impressive outcomes; these outcomes are reported at the end of this newsletter in ‘Progress on National Goals’. Our new public relations material and recordings have been very well received, and our position within Navy as an organisation able to present a worldclass product was recently acknowledged by a Maritime Commendation. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 111 – The text is included in full on the next page along with an ‘all ship all shore’ signal from the Maritime Commander and a signal from the Navy Systems Commander, Commodore Crane. It is worthy of noting that during the presentation ceremony at Maritime Headquarters last week the Maritime Commander made a point of emphasising the following sentence from the commendation, ‘‘The Royal Australian Navy Band promotes awareness in the wider community of Navy’s critical contribution to the nation”. In his signal, Rear Admiral Gate states, “THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY BAND IS ONE OF THE FEW PLATFORMS IN WHICH NAVY CAN TAKE ITS MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA”. The commendation and signal acknowledge the work undertaken across the country by all of our people, as does the signal from Commodore Crane which state, “I AM WELL AWARE OF YOUR PREVIOUS EXCELLENT SERVICE TO NAVY UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE MARITIME COMMANDER AUSTRALIA AND I ASK THAT YOU CONTINUE TO DELIVER THOSE HIGH LEVELS IN THE FUTURE.” Other effort has recently been rewarded. Lieutenant Paul Cottier received a Maritime Commander Commendation for his work in promoting Navy and for his support to reinvigorate the band’s commitment to the Fleet, and Petty Officer Michael Vaughan was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services during the Federation year. Chief Petty Officer Bill Bekendam was promoted to Warrant Officer after many years of loyal and dedicated service to the Musician Category and takes up his posting to the Defence Force School of Music this month. Many thanks to Warrant Officer Dale Granger who returns to the Tasmanian detachment after a period of full time service at the Defence Force School of Music (DFSM), and thanks also to Lieutenant Steve Cottier, particularly for his support in implementing organisational change; Lieutenant Cottier is returning the DFSM as the Senior Instructor. Thanks also to Lieutenant Steve Stanke for a job well done as my assistant; I’m sure he will enjoy the many challenges ahead as the Music Director of the Melbourne detachment. This edition contains some great input from across the category. For me, the articles from our people at sea are a particular highlight. The articles on Music as Therapy and the Art of Encouragement provide good inspiration, and the article ‘A Week in the Life of the Melbourne detachment’ shows the great flexibility of our people and their willingness to accept the sometimes very difficult tasks given them. During the next twelve months I will be reinforcing some of the change undertaken when I assume the role as Director of Music. I look forward to your continued support. MUSICIANS DEPLOYED IN A COMBAT ROLE Article by Leading Seaman Chris, Able Seaman Meredith and Able Sonya In September 2002 four musicians from the Sydney detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band volunteered to join HMAS Kanimbla (Leading Seaman Chris, Leading Seaman Meredith, Able Seaman Sharon and Able Seaman Sonya) for a six month deployment to the Gulf. We were trained up to work with the Aviation Department as part of the flight deck team. On January twenty third, five weeks early, we set sail from Sydney Harbour to a very expectant war on Iraq. As we sailed into the tropics we sweated our way through an intense week of simulated damage control work ups; multiple fires, floods, smoke bombs, mine blasts, crashes on deck, toxic hazards and our least favourite chemical threats. Tired but relieved to have passed our Operational Readiness Examination, we pulled into Darwin for a beer and said goodbye to Australian soil. Here are some memorable moments from our trip. DCX 400… (Meredith and Sonya) The alarm for action stations rang loud. We (Meredith and Sonya) donned anti-flash and rushed to our action station- Aft Repair. Assigned the duty of “tank deck rovers”, our task was to bring our section of the ship to “state one condition Zulu”. Not a minute too soon it was piped to “BRACE! BRACE! BRACE!”…”BOOM!”…. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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