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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

Stage One - 44 – a.

Stage One - 44 – a. Stage One. Deployment to Washington of an advance party comprising 14 musicians to assist the Australian Ambassador commemorate and celebrate important anniversaries during the period 15 to 30 Apr 07. b. Stage Two. Deployment to Washington of an additional 37 musicians to mark the 65 th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea from 30 Apr to 7 May 07. c. Stage Three. Deployment of 20 musicians from Washington to Pearl Harbour from 8 to 13 May 07 with the remaining 31 musicians returning to Australia immediately after the conclusion of Stage Two. 8. Tasks associated with Stage One are yet to be finalized; but initial talks with the Cultural Attaché and the Head of the Defence Staff Washington indicate the following opportunities: a. A formal reception and other activities marking the 90 th Anniversary of the first occasion in which Australian and US Forces fought in battle side by side, 8 the largest migration of Australians to leave Australia, 9 and the 56 th Anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty. b. A remembrance ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral marking the 92 nd Anniversary of ANZAC Day. 9. Opportunities can be explored to conduct music performances at schools and universities, at Bethesda Naval Medical Centre, and for joint training and activities with the US Navy Band. Stage Two 10. The following tasks have been identified for Stage Two with a detailed itinerary contained at Annex A: a. Washington: (1) Wed 2 May – Joint rehearsal with the US Navy Band; (2) Wed 2 May – Two concerts in the Medical Centre Auditorium at Bethesda Naval Medical Centre and impromptu performances in selected wards and the main foyer; (3) Thu 3 May – Joint rehearsal with the US Navy Band; (4) Thu 3 May – Recital in the Millennium Theatre, Kennedy Centre; (5) Thu 3 May – Coral Sea Dinner at the Australian Embassy; (6) Fri 4 May – Joint rehearsal with the US Navy Band; (7) Sat 5 May – Joint Performance (Wind Orchestra) with the RAN Band in company with the US Navy Band in the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitutional Hall; (8) Sun 6 May – Joint Performance (RAN/USN Choirs and Fanfare Teams, and RAN Chamber Ensemble) for the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration Ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral; and (9) Sun 6 May - Joint Performance (RAN/USN Rock Ensembles and RAN Ceremonial Ensemble) at the United States Navy Memorial. b. Annapolis: (1) Fri 4 May – A Flagship Recital in Mahan Hall at the US Naval Academy. 8 HADS in Washington has indicated the 17 Apr 07 is the key date being considered to mark this occasion. 9 Cultural Advisor in Washington has indicated that various ceremonies to mark this occasion will be held during the period 17-24 Apr 07. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 45 – 11. A draft music program is contained at the enclosure. This program gives an example of the concert concept that includes a formal music performance by the RAN Band, and addresses by Chief of Navy, Head of the Defence Staff Washington, and the Naval Attaché. The concept can be broadened to promote the joint nature of some of the proposed performances. Stage Three 12. The following tasks have been identified for Stage Three with a detailed itinerary contained at Annex A: a. Honolulu: (1) Thu 10 May – Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration Service at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Centre; (2) Thu 10 May - Recital of Naval music after the Commemoration Service at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Centre; (3) Fri 11 May – Joint training with the PACFLT Band; (4) Fri 11 May – Joint Performance (RAN Rock Ensemble, USN Big Band, and RAN/USN Ceremonial Ensembles) for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation organisation in Pearl Harbour; and (5) Sat 12 May – Joint Performance (RAN Rock Ensemble, USN Big Band, and RAN/USN Ceremonial Ensembles) as part of ‘Sunset at the Beach’ (Mayor’s Summer Concert Series). Public Relations and Marketing Plan 13. To maximise the benefits of the deployment, capture its results, and deliver key messages, a detailed internal and external public relations and marketing plan would be developed and implemented should approval be given to proceed with the deployment. COSTS 14. A summary of the estimated cost is shown at Annex B. 15. The cost for Stage One, to deploy 14 musicians to Washington for 16 nights, is estimated to be in the order of $120, 548 for economy travel and $190,584 for business class travel. 16. The cost for Stage Two, to deploy the full contingent of 53 personnel to Washington for eight nights, is in the order of $344,203 for economy travel and $606,503 for business class travel; however, costs can be reduced to $295,903 (economy) and $502,828 (business class) by offsetting the airfare component and special equipment allowance required to conduct Stage One. Should Stage One not proceed, then the full cost to conduct Stage Two would be in the order of $344,203 for economy travel and $606,503 for business class travel. 17. The cost for Stage Three, to deploy 21 musicians from Washington to Pearl Harbour then back to Australia is estimated to be in the order of $28,482. The additional cost for a stopover in Honolulu is small and accommodation costs are reduced by using Service accommodation. 18. The estimated cost to conduct all three stages is in the order of $444,968 (economy) and $721,893 (business class). Conclusion 19. This proposal identifies a significant way in which to commemorate and mark important anniversaries and landmark events impacting on the history of Australia and the United States of America. The goodwill generated by a visit of this nature would form an enduring testament to the strong relations between both Navies. Opportunities to develop closer relationships may eventuate as a result of this deployment including a reciprocal visit by the US Navy Band to Australia and the development of an exchange program between both bands. 20. This proposal also provides a valuable opportunity for senior RAN representatives to visit Washington and Pearl Harbour in and around the period of the deployment to capitalise on and add to the goodwill. Moreover, this proposal provides a powerful music platform in which to advance the Australia-United States relationship, promote Australia’s security interests, and advance the RAN-USN relationship. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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