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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 132 – This was such

- 132 – This was such an honour and the experience of a lifetime. I was so proud to be a member of the Australian Defence Force and to represent my country on one of the most important days in Defence History. I carried the original bugle used in the 1915 battle for the whole day. I was honoured to do so and know that the diggers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom would have been proud. We then proceeded on to a VIP Breakfast and played two up, which I believe is a tradition on Anzac Day. We then moved on to the Lone Pine Service, where once again the service proceeded without any problem. It was a huge crowd and the atmosphere seemed much more relaxed than the Dawn Service. The bugle call went extremely well with no glitches. The rock group’s performance after the service was superb, but unfortunately I missed it as I was required at the New Zealand Service, at Chunuk Bair. The service began and I took my position whilst the wreath laying was taking place. The New Zealand Officer made the announcement to the crowd, before the ode, that “could all personnel please remain standing while the Last Post is sounded, followed by a minutes silence, then the Rouse will be played, and still remain standing until after the two national Anthems.”…. What was supposed to be a fairly straightforward directive turned out to be quite the opposite? The minutes silence was cut short, the rouse wasn’t played because the Turkish National Anthems was played early by accident in its place, and the music for the New Zealand National Anthem was not played at all!! The crowd had to sing it unaccompanied. As the bugler I was left stranded, having not been able to complete my official duties! The Officer in Charge came up to me after the service and apologised deeply for the major complications on their behalf. After the Chunuk Bair Service I was to be picked up by the Contingent but was left stranded on the pinnacle of the Gallipoli Peninsula. The Navy Band and the Federation Guard had forgotten about me. They were all attending the VIP luncheon at the Gallipoli Cottage and I was still on Chunuk Bair. Luckily for the New Zealand officer and his mobile phone, I was soon transported with the New Zealand Contingent to the bottom of the Gallipoli National Park and had leftovers for lunch. (carrot shavings and a 5cm piece of cold chicken) “Thanks heaps Contingent!!” What an excellent day, and a total career highlight. I’d like to thank all the bandies that went on the trip for their support and friendship whilst away. It was a real buzz!! Thanks guys!! Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 133 – RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBER 5 14 DECEMBER 2004 CHIEF PETTY OFFICER CAMILLE SMITH ENJOYS A HELICOPTER RIDE DURING A SEA DEPLOYMENT FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK We arrive at another very successful point on our voyage to promote Navy, and once again, there have been many successes for which we can all be proud. Stories abound throughout this edition of RAN Band News, which showcase the good work done by our people and their collective achievements. These stories also attest to Who We Are, What We Stand For, and Where We’ve Been. We are one of Australia’s premier military ensembles and we provide a very efficient and effective contribution to Navy’s public engagement profile. Many of our people have now served at sea and their involvement in these sea deployments has added significantly to the band’s profile within Navy. We have built on that program over the last six months and the articles in this edition on the deployments in HMAS Parramatta, HMAS Anzac, and HMAS Tobruk are an account of the work done and where we have been. Well done to all those members who have embraced the challenge and have contributed so very effectively to the success of our sea deployment program. Next year brings more challenges and opportunities. I look forward with much interest to hearing of the exploits of the eight musicians who embark in HMAS Anzac in January for Exercise Northern Trident. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, to be held in Sydney next February, will give our people world wide exposure as well as an opportunity to participate alongside some of the best bands in the world. As well as participating in those events the usual round of ceremonial and public relations activities will continue. Over the next twelve months we will be building on our sea deployment program; but the challenge will be to do this for mutual benefit. I also expect to build on our previous good relationship with the Forces Advisory Council on Entertainment and hope to see other opportunities for deployments arise because of that relationship. Importantly though, I intend to ensure that the ‘whole of team’ tour’s program continues as shown in the band’s Marketing Plan; but the challenge will remain to withstand the funding pressure to enable this to happen. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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