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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 156 – Once we

- 156 – Once we arrived in Singapore our aim was to perform as a rock group in the famous Terror Club. After a few organisational blemishes the engagement was set up and we played at the poolside for the ships companies of HMAS Tobruk, USNS Yukon, USNS San Jose and local defence families who use the club. The rest of the time in Singapore was spent enjoying the city and all it has to offer. Time between ports was spent rehearsing the different ensembles. Our rock group and jazz group set up in the noisy tank deck. The brass group used wherever they found an empty mess and the drum corps utilised the huge vehicle deck for ‘Beat to Quarters’ rehearsals. Our next port was Noumea. HMAS Tobruk was to be involved with a combined amphibious exercise CROIX DU SUD (Cross of the South). This was to practice the scenario of natural disaster requiring the evacuation of people from the island. Our detachment had to prepare alongside the rest of the crew for ANZAC DAY celebrations in the middle of town. After this we had a great opportunity to be landed and commence with some valuable public relations work. We did this with the help of the Australian Consulate General. A collection of engagements were arranged and we were very well looked after and accommodated at the local French Naval Base in Noumea. Our first performance was at the ‘Place de la Marne’. We played a mixture of military style music as well as a few more light-hearted tunes. Leading Seaman Jason Beach even had one of the local Kanak children playing the bass drum for him. The shoppers at the market started to follow us around and the evening as a whole was a great success. Over the next nine days we travelled around New Caledonia performing at a number of venues including the outlying towns of Bourail and La Foa. We then returned to Noumea and performed a concert in the town centre at ‘La Place de Cottetiers’. In the last few days of our time in Noumea we performed a jazz gig on the French Navy base for around 130 French sailors and their families. As well as this, we performed a private rock concert at the Consulate’s Residence for all Australians residing in New Caledonia as well as members of HMAS Tobruk ship's officers and crew. Other activities conducted on board the ship were a rock concert during replenishment at sea with HMAS Arunta and the ships 25 th birthday celebrations. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 157 – RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBER 9 13 DECEMBER 2006 ON PARADE IN BRUNEI DURING TATTOO CELEBRATIONS FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK We reach the end of another very busy period of activity. Since the last edition of RAN Band News, the band has been particularly busy throughout the country and overseas. In July, we took up the challenge and successfully executed the mission to provide support to the Brunei International Military Tattoo. The response to the band’s contribution to this international tattoo and the support given the Royal Brunei Armed Forces by our musicians was outstanding. The band’s marching display during the tattoo in front of international guests and other musicians from around the world was ‘second to none’. The quality of the performance standard and unique Australian and Naval flavour of ‘All Hands on Deck; a Naval salute from Australia’ will long be remembered. At the same time as we deployed 66 Navy musicians to Brunei another 11 were embarked in HMAS Manoora (enjoying five weeks alongside in Honolulu with the Pacific Fleet Band) and our reserves were supporting ship commissioning ceremonies in Albany and Port Pirie, a Graduation Parade at HMAS Cerberus, and a Freedom of Entry Parade in Alice Springs. It is worth noting that had it not been for the support provided by our reserves to the Graduation Ceremony then none of the musicians from the Melbourne detachment would have been able to join the Brunei task. The reserve musicians are adding significant capability to the band, giving it considerable flexibility to meet a wide range of tasks and to extend its reach. The band’s contribution to the commissioning ceremonies for HMAS Perth (in August) and HMAS Sirius and the decommissioning ceremony for HMAS Westralia (in September), achieved nation best standards and once again attracted very considerable praise. Each of these ceremonies utilised a combination of permanent and reserve musicians and showed how effectively we are building capability through a cooperative relationship between our permanent and reserve musicians Also in September, other activities were conducted utilising combinations of reserve and permanent musicians; including Navy Week and HMAS Bendigo’s decommissioning ceremony in Cairns whilst at the same time another group were supporting HMAS Launceston’s decommissioning ceremony in Darwin. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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