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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

During sea deployments,

During sea deployments, Navy's musical seafarers are employed in a variety of roles including for general duties in cafe and laundry parties and in the galley, on watch in the bridge, on the helm, and as members of ship force protection teams. During Gulf War II, as part of OPERATION SLIPPER and OPERATION FALCONER, the musicians worked as members of a Flight Deck Team whilst embarked. In 2003, the Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta reported that his detachment of musicians ‘significantly contributed to the Task Group achieving its goals of representing Australia to the nations of South East Asia’. 10 He added further that ‘in a Navy of pressing operational imperatives the detachment has proved a powerful weapon in winning the hearts and minds of the people in which they have been in contact’. 11 His report is reflective of many other reports attesting to the value of embarking a detachment of musicians. During HMAS Anzac’s visit to South Africa, one of the band’s musicians sang the Australian National Anthem at the Rugby Union match in Cape Town between the Wallabies and the Springboks. The deployment of 17 musicians to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) during Christmas 2003 and the New Year 2004 demonstrated to Australian and coalition forces the calibre of Navy's musicians as well as the band's impressive musical capability—this was the first deployment to the MEAO by an Australian Defence Force Band. For Anzac Day 2004, the band deployed 15 musicians to Anzac Cove and one of its buglers also performed at the Dawn Service in Baghdad. The band’s role in supporting Australia’s Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands in 2005 and its redeployment to the MEAO for Christmas 2005 further strengthened its record of contribution to operational service. - 16 - 10 Commanding Officer, HMAS Arunta, message dated 4 November 2003, para. 1. 11 ibid., para. 4. HMAS Kanimbla (2002) Five musicians OPERATION RELEX II HMAS Sydney (2002) Eight musicians North East Asia HMAS Kanimbla ( 2003) Three musicians OP FALCONER/SLIPPER HMAS Adelaide (2003) Eight musicians South East Asia HMAS Warramunga (2003) Eight musicians South Pacific HMAS Tobruk & Arunta Seven musicians North East Asia FACE (2003/2004) 17 musicians OPERATION CATALYST Gallipoli Pilgrimage (2004) 15 musicians HMAS Parramatta (2004) Four musicians EXERCISE RIMPAC HMAS Anzac (2004) Eight musicians North East Asia HMAS Tobruk (2004) Eight musicians South Pacific HMAS Anzac (2005) Eight musicians NORTHERN TRIDENT FACE (2005) 16 musicians OPERATION ANODE HMAS Stuart (2005) Eight musicians South Pacific FACE (2005/2006) 19 musicians OPERATION CATALYST HMAS Manoora (2006) 12 musicians EXERCISE RIMPAC Chief of Defence Force (2006) Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage 66 musicians 60 th Birthday Celebrations for the Sultan of Brunei HMAS Tobruk(2006) 11 musicians South East Asia Tour de Force (2007) 16 musicians OPERATION ANODE Gallipoli Pilgrimage (2007) 15 musicians HMAS Adelaide (2007) Six musicians Indian South Asia HMAS Parramatta (2007) 10 musicians North East Asia HMAS Sydney (2007) 10 musicians North America Tour de Force (2008) 12 musicians OPERATION CATALYST HMAS Tobruk (2008) 11 musicians EXERCISE RIMPAC Chief of Navy (2008) 34 musicians Coronation of King Tupou V HMAS Anzac (2009) 12 musicians NORTHERN TRIDENT Gallipoli Pilgrimage (2010) 17 musicians HMAS Darwin Six musicians South East Asia HMAS Kanimbla (2010) 12 musicians EXERCISE RIMPAC FACE (2010) Four musicians OPERATION SLIPPER Chief of Navy (2011) 33 musicians Abu Dhabi IDEX 50 personnel Brunei Military Tattoo 51 musicians Nanchang Military Tattoo SEA AND MAJOR DEPLOYMENTS SINCE JULY 2002

- 17 - The 2005 deployment to the Solomon Islands was sponsored by the Forces Advisory Council for Entertainment (FACE) and was a resounding success. The band contingent comprised musicians from the Melbourne and Sydney detachments who presented a high energy program performed entirely from memory. The success of the band’s second deployment to the MEAO during Christmas 2005 and the New Year 2006, also sponsored by FACE, should not be understated. The 19 member contingent completed 25 performances over a 16 day period in eight separate locations moving more than three and a half tonnes of equipment for each performance—this was in addition to four days of in theatre military training. There were twelve major concerts (where civilian artists joined the band) with performance times ranging from one and a half hours to three hours. The entire program was performed from memory with a high level of choreography. An additional three and a half hours were required for the set up and pack down. Once again, Navy’s musicians made a truly magnificent contribution in support of Australian and Coalition Forces during an important holiday season. The band returned to the Solomon Islands in 2007 for a second tour and to the MEAO in 2008 for its third tour; this time travelling within Afghanistan as well as throughout Iraq. Additionally, small technical teams deployed to East Timor in 2009 and 2010, and the Solomon Islands in 2008, 2009 and 2010, to Afghanistan and the Sinai in 2010. Fifty two of Navy’s musicians have now earned the Australian Active Service Medal after deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and 12 have been awarded the Iraq campaign medal. Furthermore, a high percentage of its current generation of musicians have served at sea. In Australia each year, the band completes more than 500 missions with audience numbers in the many hundreds of thousands. Importantly, the band is able to keep Navy’s image alive in communities far removed from any naval presence. Tasks range from supporting local community groups and ex-Service associations to supporting ceremonial, public relations and social activities for the wider naval family. The Commander Australian Navy Systems Command, Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, wrote in acknowledgment of the band’s role in the Thanksgiving Service for HMAS Sydney II held at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, ‘the RAN Band was (as usual) a first class centrepiece to the service and again showed that it is second to none’. 12 Rear Admiral Raydon Gates, a former Fleet Commander, commented that the presence of the band at Departure and Welcome Home Ceremonies for ships deploying to and returning from operations adds ‘immeasurably to the importance of those occasions for our people and their loved ones.’ 13 It is interesting to note that in 1900, on the eve of Federation, the bluejacket New South Wales Naval Brigade Band farewelled Australia’s Naval Expedition to the Boxer uprising. The expedition comprised members of the New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian colonial naval forces, and sailed from Cowper Wharf at Woolloomooloo. 14 Today’s Navy Band continues the tradition established by the bluejacket band; however, instead of playing ‘Sons of the Brave’, as was the case in 1900, 15 today’s musicians perform the popular tunes ‘I Am Australian’, ‘My Country’ and Australia’s national song, ‘Waltzing Matilda.’ The Royal Australian Navy Band has performed on the shores of Gallipoli and in the bunkers of Vietnam, throughout Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East, at the Royal Tournament in England, in Disneyland, at the Popes summer palace (Castel Gandolfo), in the "Big Egg" Stadium in Japan, and in many other countries throughout the world. It supports Navy’s regional engagement profile overseas whilst continuing to maintain a strong commitment schedule across Australia. These performances, throughout Australia and the four corners of the world have created the proud traditions upheld by Navy’s current generation of musicians, and have established the Royal Australian Navy Band as ‘one of Australia’s premier military ensembles’. 12 S.R. Gilmore, CANSC, email to the executive 27 April 2008. 13 R.W. Gates, loc.cit., para. 3. 14 B. Nicholls, op.cit., p. xi. 15 ibid. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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  • Page 3 and 4: - 1 - CONTENTS Royal Australian Nav
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    RAN BAND - 67 - PROJECT BUDGET (NAV

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    Position Number Rank Billet Descrip

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    - 83 - LEADERSHIP ESSAY BY THE DIRE

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    - 151 - On Monday 5 December 2005 t

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    - 187 - As part of the celebrations

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    - 201 - After spending the weekend

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    - 225 - From the first rehearsal ev

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    - 227 - THE SALUTE—INDIGENOUS ART

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    - 233 - We were all struck by the a

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    - 245 - A NAVAL SALUTE PROCESSION A

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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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