Weekend celebrations in Brisbane mark the start of Navy Week 2013

Published on LEUT Jodie Brown (author), Mr Graham Davis (photographer)

Location(s): King George Square, Brisbane

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, Navy Week

Brisbane people line the deck of HMAS Newcastle when she visited Brisbane as part of Navy Week Brisbane in 2009. (photo: Mr Graham Davis)
Brisbane people line the deck of HMAS Newcastle when she visited Brisbane as part of Navy Week Brisbane in 2009.

Friday 16 August marks the start of Navy Week celebrations in Brisbane for 2013. This year's Navy Week has been moved forward from its traditional October dates to allow for more service personnel to participate in the upcoming International Fleet Review, in Sydney on 3 October.

Navy Week will commence with a traditional Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset held in the picturesque King George Square, opposite Brisbane’s recently reopened City Hall in the CBD. The Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band will be the feature performers at this event, and will be supported by members of the South Queensland Flotilla of Australian Navy Cadets.

The Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset are derived from the oldest of naval traditions - originally ship’s drums were beaten as a call for the ship’s company to man the quarters, or action stations, when battle was imminent.

Ceremonial Sunset reflects the world-wide naval tradition of saluting the lowering of the ship’s ensign at sunset each day in ships in harbour and shore establishments.

The ceremonies will commence at 6:30pm, and members of the public are warmly invited to join with Navy to launch Brisbane Navy Week 2013.

Additionally as part of Brisbane Navy Week 2013, the Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band will be showcasing their repertoire in free concerts on Sunday in the Queen Street Mall.

Led by Chief Petty Officer Musician Andrew Stapleton, with vocalist Leading Seaman Gemma Tilly, the Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band will lay down a mix of swing, jazz and current popular songs as performed by well known entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Harry Connick Jr and many others.

These free concerts will be staged between 11am and 1:30pm Sunday 18 August in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall.