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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 206 – Whilst we

- 206 – Whilst we assimilated well into life onboard HMAS Darwin the tour was more a challenge mentally and culturally. To highlight this I have included some excerpts from my diary. Firstly the trials of life onboard “…When I initially saw the bed/rack, I thought there must have been a mistake as I thought the bed must have been for the local Oohmpahlumpas or there was a Dwarf Convention in town and they had adjusted the beds accordingly. But then, silly me, I realised it must have been a bed made for visiting Circus Acrobatic Midgets - as they are the only beings that could both get into, and fit into the bed. I was about to complain to my tour guide when I further realised that this was all I was going to get and make do I must!” And getting a good bout of culture shock “….As I am travelling via Grey Funnel Lines we always stop at 'Port Cities' (strangely enough?). All ports have roughly the same set up and are miles away from anything decent - all ports in my experiences have been variations on this now all too familiar theme. Usually we get in around 9am and assorted dignitaries come onboard. Usually these are Department of Foreign Affairs and military people. These are closely followed by local tour operators that are really authorised Sailor Fleecers who give you the chance (in the next few days) to go on a guided tour to a dump. This involves a death ride by a crazed mini bus driver. Tour to some “Ancient Shrine” made from plastic. Throw in a bowl of rice and they'll call it "Lunch Included". A quick trip via some tourist trap selling more fake Nikes and Rolex and soon you'll be back onboard minus $100US and little to show for it except a nasty rash you got from the toilet that seemed to have been patronised by people with little understanding of ‘how’ to do ‘what’ ‘where’. In closing and on a more serious note, I must thank the sailors in the Sea Deployment Group for their professionalism and ability to adapt to the situations we found ourselves in. Through their outstanding efforts the Royal Australian Navy Band was able to promote a fantastic image for the Royal Australian Navy and our country. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 207 – RAN BAND NEWS EDITION NUMBER 16 19 JULY 2010 THE WIND ORCHESTRA PERFORMING ‘THE DIVINE COMEDY’ AT TRACKDOWN STUDIO FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK Reading through the articles in this edition of RAN Band News has strengthened my confidence that the Navy Band is continuing to tell a very worthy story about its contribution to Navy, and is building upon its proud record of service. During the first six months of this year the band supported a number of major ceremonial events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies to the Sea Power Conference, the Australian Defence Force contribution to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Australia, Navy’s contribution to the Gallipoli Pilgrimage, and the Gun Carriage Funeral Service for Rear Admiral Nigel Coates AM RAN. We also embarked 12 musicians in HMAS Kanimbla and stories about their journey and of their successes are starting to emerge. Four musicians also deployed to the Solomon Islands as members of a technical team for a tour sponsored by the Forces Advisory Council for Entertainment. The feedback that I have received about the role played by our band and our people at tasks around the country and overseas continues to be resoundingly positive. Our recording projects A Flagship Recital (Mark III) and Cruising Stations (Mark II) have been completed and the compact discs will be distributed to schools and libraries across the country. These recordings demonstrate the breadth of capabilities maintained by our band together with the expert skill of our people across classical and jazz disciplines and in ensemble performance. The band’s Annual Report for Financial Year 2009 – 2010 has been released and can be viewed on the band’s intranet site. This report shows our collective success across a range of activities throughout the nation. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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