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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 208 – Contained in

- 208 – Contained in this edition of RAN Band News is a copy of the Defence Paper by Lieutenant Andrew Stokes titled People, Performance & Professionalism: How Navy’s Signature Behaviours will manage a ‘New generation’ of Sailors. This is a thoroughly researched essay that provides a timely reminder of other initiatives occurring throughout Navy at the moment, and is worth a good read. Late last year, the Navy Reserve Whole-of-Capability Workforce Review (NR WOCWR) was established to support the challenges of Chief of Navy’s intent outlined in The Navy Strategic Plan. One of the issues faced by the review was the significant and growing demand being placed on the national reserve salary budget. The band contributed to that demand with a 60 percent increase in its salary allocation during the course of the last five years; and this is no longer sustainable. The NR WOCWR delivered a reduction to the total number of days available for reserves across Navy; and I was required to redistribute the band’s allocation to meet priorities across our national program. A new business model has been developed to meet those challenges and to enable the band to continue to deliver appropriate musical services to Navy and sustain its future capability. For a number of years now the New South Wales detachment has not been able to operate without the support of musicians from the full-time Sydney detachment. Furthermore, the type and volume of activities normally undertaken by the New South Wales detachment has steadily decreased and other priorities have now emerged that require new ways to deliver our musical services. From 1 July, members of the New South Wales detachment commenced fulfilling their duties as members of a Reserve Support Element embedded within the Sydney detachment. A separate Reserve Support Element was also established in the Melbourne detachment. This structural change was foreshadowed by me last year and became imperative due to the outcomes of the NR WOCWR. As a consequence of the changes to the New South Wales detachment, I invited Petty Officer Dennis Mercer to prepare an article for this edition of RAN Band News. In his article, he gives a very good account of the contribution made by reserve musicians to Navy activities in the Sydney area since the 1960s; and there have certainly been many good achievements. Change, however, was inevitable as the detachment was no longer viable; but I wish to stress that there is no intent to reduce the role played by reserve musicians in Sydney or at any level within the Navy Band. I believe that the most effective way in which to utilise the skills of Navy’s Sydney based musicians is as a fully integrated force. Reserves musicians will continue to be used to support Navy activities within Sydney and throughout Australia, and will maintain their important role within the Navy Band. I also invited the Secretary of the RAN Band Association, Mr Ralph Daines, to submit a report on the association’s visit to Singapore in support of Anzac Day ceremonies. For many years now I have referred to the RAN Band Association as a valuable additional detachment in the Navy Band’s capability suite. Our veteran musicians demonstrated their past record of service very proudly whilst in Singapore, and produced a highly commendable outcome that reflects well, not only on them, but also on the Royal Australian Navy Band. FROM THE PR DESK Article by Leading Seaman Tracy Kennedy The year began with Australia Day activities, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Sea Power Conference. The Closing and Opening ceremonies for the Sea Power Conference were certainly met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from all guests including the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane AO, CSM, RAN and other important dignitaries. After the closing ceremony we headed to the Novotel in Darling Harbour to play for the Vice Admiral Crane’s guests at a private event. From the balcony of the function room we had a great view of the Australia Day fireworks and could see our drummers on top of the floating towers in the middle of the Darling Harbour. We then went straight into rehearsals, and a week of performances for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Apart from one night where the weather stopped us from using microphones on the field, the show ran smoothly. This year the Royal Australian Air Force Band was in charge of the Australian Defence Force segment. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 209 – They seemed to focus more on showing the side of military musicians that people don’t necessarily see. Our display showed the versatility of our musicians, and focused not only on the ceremonial aspect but also on our current contribution to deployed forces in the Middle East. The audience seemed to enjoy our rendition of 'Long Way to the Top' and 'I Still Call Australia Home'. It's always a challenging but rewarding event to be involved in and great for building friendships with other Australian and international bands. Earlier this year I was fortunate to be involved in the official opening of TECHPORT in Adelaide. TECHPORT is a maritime industrial precinct in South Australia that was built to support the building of the new Air Warfare Destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy. I was asked to sing 'I am Australian' as the employees of the organisation were revealed. The then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd MP and the Minister for Defence were in attendance. It was a great event to be part of and I could tell it meant a lot to the workers to be involved in such an important project for South Australia. In March this year we were given the opportunity to join with members of the Melbourne detachment to record music for the A Flagship Recital Mark III at Trackdown studios. One of the pieces, 'The Divine Comedy' by Robert W Smith featured the percussion section. We used chains and water glasses to create certain effects within the movements and experimented with different sounds. As ANZAC day was approaching Able Seaman Dayne Grindley and I were asked to perform at the AFL match between the SWANS and the EAGLES at the SCG on the 24 April. I sang the National Anthem and Able Seaman Dayne Grindley belted out a great 'Last Post'. Sporting events are always a lot of fun to be involved in (especially the free tickets) and it's always an honour to represent the Royal Australian Navy and our band. I was also given the opportunity to sing the Australian and French National Anthems at the Rugby match between the Australian Navy and French Navy. It was another challenge and opportunity, which was well-received. Auditions seem to be going strong; finally we have managed to find some clarinet players! (Fingers crossed they make it through the recruiting process). Over the next few months, we have a number of applicants waiting to get a spot in recruit school; hopefully we will be welcoming some of them in the near future. As always, the feedback from audiences is exemplary from all detachments. I receive a lot of letters and emails and comments from the Navy feedback website about how much everyone enjoys our music and how professional they find our concerts. It's always great to hear appreciation and even suggestions from our audiences. As my last days in the public relations role come to an end, I would like to thank everyone in the Director’s office for making me feel welcome and providing a fun environment to work in. I feel like I have achieved a lot both professionally and personally and have learnt a lot from my role as Public Relations Manager. I am looking forward to moving back to the Sydney detachment, and I know that after this break from regular singing duties I have developed some fresh ideas and new motivation. I would like to wish Leading Seaman Cathy Wainwright luck in her new role as the Public Relations Manager. I am sure she will enjoy the break and enjoy learning about how the other side of the job works. RIMPAC 2010 Article from the Navy Internet Site The RAN Band Sea Deployment Group, embarked in HMAS Kanimbla, has held a series of public performances during the Exercise Rim-of-the- Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010, starting with a performance at one of Hawaii’s most important and historic sites. The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, marks the site where America’s war in the Pacific began. It is home now to two World War 2 memorials – the USS Arizona which was sunk by the Japanese, USS Oklahoma and USS Missouri, where the Japanese surrendered at the end of the war. The Sea Deployment Group played on site for an impressive two and a half hours. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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