The music of the Royal Australian Navy Band Tasmania filled the air in Hobart on February 13 when the band performed as part of the festivities for the 184th Royal Hobart Regatta.
CAPTION: The Royal Australian Navy Band Tasmania performs at the 184th Royal Hobart Regatta in Hobart. Story by Leading Seaman Dorian Broomhall. Photo by Leading Seaman Daniel Goodman.
Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters Tasmania Commander Mark Tandy said the band’s presence in Tasmania was key to community engagement. “They help us to continue the conversation in the community, helping to show young people there are a range of career opportunities available within Defence,” Commander Tandy said.
Thousands of people turned out for the regatta.
Petty Officer Damien Norman has performed at more than 20 Royal Hobart Regattas and said it was a key event on Navy’s calendar in Tasmania.
“In the early days, we’d bring our brass quintet out and play in front of the stands to a few dozen people,” Petty Officer Norman said.
“Now it’s the full rock band playing to thousands, with a big stage, lights and sound before the fireworks.
“We’re big, we’re loud – the sound bounces off the hills and travels right across the river.
“Hobart knows the Navy is in town.”
The Australian Army Band Tasmania performed before the RAN Band Tasmania.
HMAS Hobart, anchored in the harbour, was the perfect backdrop.
HMAS Hobart’s visit allowed the Navy band to also provide musical support to the ceremonial sunset and beat to quarters on board the ship.
Petty Officer Damien Norman said performing the ceremonial sunset was a testament to the versatility of the band.
“Most of the team double on a different instrument for ceremonial work, and it’s great to have the opportunity to exercise those skills,” Petty Officer Norman said.
RAN Band Tasmania is the smallest of the six RAN bands, comprising mostly Reserve musicians.
The band’s next performance is supporting the Relay for Life fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Launceston on March 19.