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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 114 – The next day

- 114 – The next day we played at Mithra School for disadvantaged and less fortunate children. The day was a big success on the musical side. Most of these kids have never seen a saxophone, trombone or trumpet in their life before. Talk about having a completely captivated audience that was entranced by these instruments. The ship’s company built the school a new playground while others painted a mural including the talents of our newly promoted Petty Officer Kara Williams. That night, the group rigged up again at the Park Hotel for a fundraiser for the Rugby Club and the school we played for earlier that day. Most of the ship’s company turned up to the function including Maritime Commander. The night turned out to be a mini ship’s ball and a great time was had by all. Friday morning we set sail again and sailed into heavy seas. Exercises were the order of the day with an Indian ship. Late afternoon saw us all manning ship. The Indian ship sailed past us and we “Cheered Ship” to each other. This is the first time I have seen a “Cheer Ship” other than a commissioning. We all had Damage Control walkthroughs and were confident on how to use a Bauer Air Compressor. Damage Control Exercises happened and the band were manning the compressors and recharging the bottles for the next exercise. This freed up the ship’s company to do their jobs and everyone was happy again. The ship’s next stop was Singapore as Phuket was cancelled because of high terrorism threats. All the Able Seaman had a day each doing Force Protection in both Chennai and Singapore. Not many gigs were scheduled whilst alongside. Our only gig whilst in Singapore was a cocktail party onboard HMS Marlborough on the second night in. There was lots of shopping to be had by all and people comparing prices on whom got a better bargain. All in all, everyone picked up a great bargain and saved about 50% off prices compared to home. Six days in Singapore was the duration of the stay. Once again, we weighed anchor and were now involved in “Flying Fish 2003”. This exercise saw Malaysian, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Singaporean ships. The band played for RAS’s, Steel Deck BBQ’s and also a Sports Day. We are in middle of the exercise and won’t be back for another two weeks. We will stop in Singapore for a snappy refuel and food before returning back to Perth on the 10 th July. The band is staying another day onboard Adelaide as she will be hosting a Family Day on the 11 th July. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks the members that were my sea buddies onboard the mighty Adelaide. They are: Petty Officer Brad Scudds (Drums), Petty Officer Kara Williams (Keyboard), Leading Seaman Aaron Geeves (Guitar), Able Seaman Tracy Burke (Vocal), Able Seaman Kirstin Sampson (Trumpet), Able Seaman Shaun Tatnell (Trombone) and Able Seaman Stuart Vandegraaff (Saxophone and Vocal). A good time was had by all. We helped where we could to relieve the ships company’s duties. We cooked, we washed, we repaired computer systems that backed up vital data recordings (I did anyway) and did jobs that no one else wanted. Our Divisional Staff could not thank us enough. In the end, it was a job well done and the ship does not want us to go. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 115 – RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBER 3 19 JANUARY 2004 RAN BAND DETACHMENT AT CAMP VICTORY, BAGHDAD, CHRISTMAS 2003 WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK Much as happened since our last edition. I am pleased to report that our effort to enhance the band’s support to Fleet activities has continued during the July to December period. For a short while we had two elements of the band deployed at the same time with eight musicians embarked in HMAS Warramunga (in the Pacific) and seven in HMAS Tobruk during its North East Asian deployment. The article Good Morning Vietnam by Able Seaman Sharon Jarvis and Missiles and Musicians by Petty Officer Matt Jessop are excellent commentaries on the importance of these deployments; both in terms of how they add value to our image within Navy and to the individuals who were fortunate enough to accept the opportunity for sea deployment. I am also pleased to report that during this period that the band completed 51 more tasks than for the same period last year. We have released two more recordings and funded a number of benchmark activities to achieve very impressive results. The first of these two recordings was a double compact disc which marked the 90 th anniversary of the band. The music was taken from two Flagship Recitals held in the Eugene Goossens Hall at the ABC Ultimo on 1 August and 3 October. This double compact disc is an important milestone: � As an organisation we had not previously recorded a major symphonic work; we have now released a double CD, A Flagship Recital, which contains two complete symphonies. Disc one is the Third Symphony Opus 89 by James Barnes and disc two is Lord of the Rings by Johan Meij. � Each of our seven detachments is represented on the second recording, Cruising Stations. This CD also showcases some of our very talented soloists. Another benchmark activity was the Commissioning Ceremony for HMAS Parramatta. There can be no doubt that the contribution given by the band to ship commissioning ceremonies is nothing less than first class. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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