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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 14 - ASHORE AND AFLOAT

- 14 - ASHORE AND AFLOAT CHEER SHIP AT THE BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL TATTOO 2011 Music is the universal language of mankind 1 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Royal Australian Navy Band plays a crucial role in keeping Navy’s image in the public consciousness, and maintains one of Navy's most consistent and significant public engagement profiles. Its musicians promote awareness in the wider community of Navy’s critical contribution to the nation and reflect the quality and values of Navy’s people. 2 Through ship borne deployments of small elements of musicians, the band provides personnel who are cross-trained in a range of mariner and non-category specific skills—this enables its musicians to make a very meaningful contribution to the capability of the ships that they join, as well as enhancing the Fleet’s engagement profile ashore. Navy’s musicians have demonstrated a strong and proud record of service. Prior to and immediately after Federation, music was provided in the various state Navies by volunteer musicians from within the structure of each group. Whilst records are scarce, there are indications that in 1879 the Fremantle Naval Volunteers (sometimes referred to as the Fremantle Naval Brigade or Naval Artillery Volunteers) formed a fife and drum band. 3 In 1893, the New South Wales Naval Brigade Band comprised 22 personnel. Another of the very early naval bands was the Band of the Victorian Naval Brigade. This band deployed to China as part of the naval contingent that assisted in quelling the Boxer uprising, 4 and was present (as a band of the Commonwealth Naval Force) at the arrival in 1908 of the US Navy's ‘Great White Fleet’ in Port Phillip Bay. Some months prior to the commissioning of HMAS Australia in Portsmouth on 21 June 1913, six musicians (recruited in Melbourne) were sent to England to join up with a number of ex- Royal Marine and British Army bandsmen. These musicians, who formed the first official band of full-time musicians established under the title ‘Royal Australian Navy’, were kitted up in the Royal Marine uniform 5 of the period and arrived in Sydney aboard HMAS Australia on 4 October 1913. 1 Stevenson’s Book of Quotations, Cassell, London, 1964, p. 1362. 2 R.W. Gates (MCAUST), signal to the RAN Band, 1 July 2003. 3 www.firstaif.info/west-aust/page/05-fremantle.htm 4 B. Nicholls, Blue Jackets and Boxers, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1986, p. 45. 5 The band changed from Royal Marine uniform to RAN uniform in 1960. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 15 - On 5 August 1914, after war was declared, Australia sailed with orders to seek out the German Pacific Fleet—Navy’s musicians, who were embarked in Australia during this deployment and throughout the Great War, were utilised as medical attendants. A second band was formed in 1927 for Flinders Naval Depot (now HMAS Cerberus). This band consisted of permanent musicians assisted by volunteers from all branches within the depot. By the late 1930's, in addition to bands in shore establishments, there was a rapid expansion in musician recruitment with a total of five bands at sea serving in the cruisers Australia, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and Sydney. During WWII, musicians served with distinction in HMA Ships in all theatres of war. To supplement their musical duties, they worked as gun crews, shell bearers in magazines, in transmitting stations, as first aid parties and as lookouts through day and night watches. Fatalities occurred; and given the fact that cruisers were prime enemy targets, musicians were among those unfortunate sailors who lost their lives in HMA Ships Perth, Australia, Penguin, Canberra and Sydney. A particular point of reflection can be noted in Kathryn Spurling’s Cruel Conflict: Few men attended more burials than Ordinary Seaman Elmo Gee. Playing these days was restricted to the haunting melancholy lament ‘The Last Post’. Gee would play that 1500 times—one day he played it 33 times. 6 Ordinary Seaman Gee was one of Perth’s buglers. As a prisoner of War, he laboured on the infamous Burma-Siam Railway. Able Seaman Jim Nelson, HMAS Perth’s first bugler, 7 recalls at the burial at sea service for 13 of his ship mates after enemy attack in the Mediterranean: As the bodies were committed to the sea, I had to sound the Last Post and Reveille. When the Chaplain nodded to me to sound off I was overcome with emotion, my lips went dry and for a moment I could not raise a note. I closed my eyes and by mind transportation took myself away from the ship and played as if I were back in harbour at a routine Sunset. I played as I had never played before. Every feeling in my body went through that instrument. I made the strident bugle tones as mellow and sweet as I could and lost myself in the production. I am only nineteen years old! What is expected of me? How much more can I give? 8 In the midst of that ceremony, four more enemy aircraft swooped low towards the ship and released a brace of bombs off to port, happily with no damage. 9 Musicians also saw action aboard the carrier HMAS Sydney in Korean waters in 1953, and 172 musicians served aboard HMA Ships Sydney and Melbourne during the Vietnam War—these two bands performed separate concert tours of South Vietnam in 1970. By 1973, the only band remaining afloat was serving aboard HMAS Melbourne, and this band transferred to HMAS Stalwart on the decommissioning of the ageing carrier in 1982. Without a carrier, the ability of musicians to serve at sea was very limited for a short while after 1982. Although Navy’s larger ships possessed some spare capacity when not conducting operations, the majority of the Fleet consisted of ships of frigate size and smaller, with little excess accommodation above the requirements of their crews. Nonetheless, after a brief absence, the band successfully reconfigured itself to take account of the changed environment and re-established its links with the Fleet by regularly embarking small musical ensembles. Now, as in the previous decades of naval service, musicians assist in establishing strong morale within the ship in which they are embarked, and also make a valuable contribution to promoting Navy's interests ashore and afloat. 6 Kathryn Spurling, Cruel Conflict: the triumph and tragedy of HMAS Perth, New Holland Publishers, 2008, p 258. 7 Mike Carlton’s Cruiser: The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew, first published by William Heinemann, Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010, p 628. 8 ibid, pp 294-5. 9 ibid, p 268. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

  • Page 1 and 2: A MUSICAL VOYAGE REPORT OF PROCEEDI
  • Page 3 and 4: - 1 - CONTENTS Royal Australian Nav
  • Page 5 and 6: - 3 - SELECTED ARTICLES: RAN BAND N
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  • Page 9 and 10: - 7 - COMMANDER PHILLIP CHARLES AND
  • Page 11 and 12: - 9 - REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS ON CESS
  • Page 13 and 14: - 11 - RAN Band Business Plan (2003
  • Page 15: - 13 - CHAPTER 2 ASHORE AND AFLOAT
  • Page 19 and 20: - 17 - The 2005 deployment to the S
  • Page 21 and 22: - 19 - RAN BAND BUSINESS PLAN (2003
  • Page 23 and 24: - 21 - Strengths, Weaknesses, Oppor
  • Page 25 and 26: - 23 - • Situational factors. Shi
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  • Page 31 and 32: Bibliography - 29 - • Review the
  • Page 33 and 34: - 31 - INTRODUCTION Background 6. T
  • Page 35 and 36: - 33 - • Stage Four. Relocate the
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  • Page 39 and 40: - 37 - Reunion and Recreational Lea
  • Page 41 and 42: - 39 - COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS COSTS
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  • Page 51 and 52: STAGE ONE 90th Anniversary and ANZA
  • Page 53 and 54: Incidentals Equipment - 51 - Royal
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    - 65 - DRAFT TATTOO-STYLED CONCERT

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    RAN BAND - 67 - PROJECT BUDGET (NAV

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    RAN BAND - 69 - PROJECT BUDGET (TAT

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    - 71 - 7. The Navy Strategic Plan 2

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    - 73 - • This option will enable

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    Position Number Rank Billet Descrip

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    - 77 - RAN BAND FUNDED RESERVE COMM

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    - 79 - Royal Australian Navy Band:

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    - 81 - HOD Posn No Rank Description

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    - 83 - LEADERSHIP ESSAY BY THE DIRE

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    - 85 - The one band model created a

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    - 87 - In reviewing the band’s qu

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    - 89 - LEADERSHIP STYLE Core Charac

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    - 91 - Source: J. Katzenbach, Teams

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    - 93 - MUSIC LEADERSHIP ESSAY BY TH

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    - 95 - It has often been said that

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    - 97 - REMEMBRANCE DAY SPEECH BY TH

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    - 99 - And now the torch and poppy

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    - 101 - Today’s Navy Band continu

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    - 103 - TF44 arrived off the Jomard

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    - 107 - Our mission was called “O

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    - 109 - A large transit accommodati

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    - 111 - The text is included in ful

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    - 113 - Sand Storm (Sonya) One nigh

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    - 115 - RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBE

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    - 117 - Singapore was a stop for re

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    - 119 - The Aussie’s again were g

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    - 121 - On the second morning at se

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    - 123 - After two days of sight see

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    - 127 - ANZAC DAY 2004 IN BAGHDAD A

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    - 129 - It was just as well a heart

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    - 131 - We arrived at Anzac Cove at

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    - 133 - RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBE

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    - 135 - There were a couple of spec

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    - 137 - We took part in café party

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    - 139 - The location of the school

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    - 141 - However, our role in the Re

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    - 143 - Everyone is enjoying the mu

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    - 145 - HMAS Anzac detachment of mu

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    - 147 - The highlight of the deploy

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    - 149 - With our combat body armour

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    - 151 - On Monday 5 December 2005 t

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    - 153 - The AFL Grand Final was wat

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    - 155 - In March we embarked 11 mus

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    - 159 - The BIT 2006 debut show, at

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    - 163 - We headed up the back of th

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    - 165 - I remember looking up at th

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    - 169 - The first official function

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    - 171 - Prior to meals the tables a

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    - 173 - The Prison itself is situat

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    - 175 - On 26 August our final memb

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    - 177 - “My job has also taken me

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    - 179 - Two of our people, Lieutena

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    - 181 - Our first concert at Camp V

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    - 183 - For a normal trombonist thi

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    - 187 - As part of the celebrations

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    - 189 - Independence Day was a free

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    - 191 - The first commitment for th

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    - 193 - We then headed over to Lymp

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    - 195 - Many books have been writte

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    - 199 - After the parade had finish

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    - 201 - After spending the weekend

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    - 205 - On day two, our friends fro

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    - 209 - They seemed to focus more o

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    - 211 - Over the following three da

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    - 215 - By attending the Art Galler

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    - 217 - When not busy performing, t

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    - 219 - Once installed in our accom

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    - 223 - The evening was indeed over

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    - 225 - From the first rehearsal ev

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    - 227 - THE SALUTE—INDIGENOUS ART

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    - 229 - EMAIL MESSAGE FROM THE DIRE

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    - 231 - At the time of writing I ha

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    - 233 - We were all struck by the a

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    - 235 - Navy Band Southwest in San

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    - 237 - CHAPTER 6 MUSIC PROGRAMMES

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    - 239 - HANDS ACROSS THE SEA NICK C

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    - 241 - ALL HANDS ON DECK Conductor

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    - 243 - THE SEAFARER 2 March 2011 a

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    - 245 - A NAVAL SALUTE PROCESSION A

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    - 247 - CHAPTER 7 RECORDINGS Royal

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    - 249 - LIVE IN CONCERT (2002) Inve

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    Woodwind Quintet Able Seaman Svetla

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    Disc One Serving Australia With Pri

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    INTERNATIONAL DEFENCE EXHIBITION AN

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