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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 124 – The journey to

- 124 – The journey to Hobart around the South end of New Zealand provided the worst weather of the trip with Warramunga encountering an anti cyclone producing winds of 70 knots and huge seas. Arrival in Hobart once again had us performing a ceremonial sunset but gave us the opportunity for two days off over the weekend. Whilst it was great to be overseas, it was wonderful to be in Australia again. After a brief visit, we commenced the final leg home to Sydney. Arriving home is a wonderful feeling that should never be underestimated. Playing Khe San on the flight deck, whilst travelling up Sydney Harbour was an experience that I will never forget. For me this trip has been the highlight of my Navy career from both a personal and professional viewpoint. Not only have I made some wonderful new friends, I have seen some things only a privileged few are ever lucky enough to see. From a professional aspect it has been the greatest privilege for me to lead a wonderful group of musicians on this deployment. My thanks go out to them for their outstanding efforts during this trip. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 125 – RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBER 4 RAN BAND DETACHMENT IN TURKEY FOR ANZAC DAY 2004 30 JUNE 2004 Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ANDREW STAPLETON AT THE DAWN SERVICE, BAGHDAD, 2004 FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK This month marks two years since I was given the privilege of leading the RAN Band. It is timely that in this edition I recap on some of our achievements during this period but in particular, our outcomes since the band transferred from Maritime Command to Australian Navy Systems Command last July. The previous editions of our newsletter give testimony of where we’ve been and how we travelled that journey. However, recent tasks have highlighted a period of significant achievement. Importantly, since the transfer to Navy Systems Command the band has continued its effort to renew and reshape itself to serve Navy as its needs change. The band’s funding situation remains difficult and this has, to some extent, required us to review the way that we do business. Nonetheless, and despite the angst caused through this funding position, the band’s national results have been impressive. Since the transfer the band has completed more than 510 missions for Navy (that’s 85 more task than last Financial Year). Our performance for the Welcome Home Ceremony for HMAS Kanimbla, the release of two new recordings (a Flagship Recital and Cruising Stations), our contribution to the Commissioning Ceremony for HMAS Parramatta, our Flagship Recital at the Eugene Goossen's Hall in Sydney marking the 90th anniversary of the band, and our role in the Commissioning Ceremony for HMAS Ballarat were nation best. Furthermore, our public relations figures remain strong and our web-site has achieved significant page view and music down load results since going on the net. Importantly though, since the transfer to Australian Navy Systems Command we have continued to reestablish our links with the Fleet by embarking musicians in HMAS Warramunga, HMAS Tobruk, HMAS Arunta and HMAS Parramatta. These deployments have followed on from the previous year with deployments in HMAS Kanimbla (on two occasions), HMAS Sydney, and HMAS Adelaide.

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