The Melbourne detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band got into the spirit of Christmas recently by supporting the annual Carols by the Bay concert held at the Peter Scullin Reserve in Melbourne.
The annual community Christmas carols event is eagerly anticipated by families throughout the region. The Navy Band entertained crowds with cheerful seasonal tunes performed alongside other feature talents like Prisoner star, Jane Clifton, the Australian Boys Choir and many more well known artists.
Previously supported by the Police Band, this was the first time the Navy Band was able to support the wider community with a carols performance to help families ring in the festive season.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy Band to take part in a major community event here on the Mornington Peninsula. The atmosphere and the smiles of the kids always make these events special,” Petty Officer Musician Chris Palamountain said.
“As sailors we always welcome the chance to support our community and be a part of it. As performers, it was great to be able to work with a number of well known Australian entertainers.”
Carols by the Bay has been held for over 15 years and is a very popular event which brings the wider Peninsula community together. The event attracted many young families who quickly filled the Reserve. The swelling crowed spilled over onto the nearby beach, where organiser had set up a giant screen to stream the concert to those who could not fit into the main arena.
While the RAN Band and other artists were popular crowd pleasers, there was one special guest that overshadowed them all. The highlight of the evening for hundreds of children was the arrival of that jolly old fella, Santa himself.
“The best part was when Santa arrived. There were fireworks and lots of music and dancing. It was great!” said one enthusiastic young boy.
With beaming smiles and loud singing from the crowds it was obvious a great night was had by all. After a hectic year for Navy and the RAN Band, the Carols by the Bay was a far more relaxed way to finish up the year and to reflect on the families around us.
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