Band plays an international tune

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Members of the Royal Australian Navy Band on tour in Malaysia (photo: Unknown)
Members of the Royal Australian Navy Band on tour in Malaysia

It's not unusual for the Navy to deploy but it is not every day that the Royal Australian Navy band goes on an international tour.

Queensland members of the Royal Australian Navy Band with support from personnel from Sydney and Melbourne recently travelled to Malaysia to support the Australian Defence Force Ball.

In addition to their official engagement, the Royal Australian Navy band took time out to engage with the local Malaysian community. This included a number of small performances in some local military establishments.

Assistant Director of Music - Navy, Lieutenant David Coit said the tour was a way to show regional partners another side of the Navy.

The band also took some time out of their busy schedule to perform for some local school children.

"It was a great experience for all members of the band to get out to local schools and play some music for the children," Lieutenant Coit said.

"It's important for us, as members of the Royal Australian Navy, to give back to the community both at home and aboard," he said. 

The Royal Australian Navy Band consists of both full-time personnel and Navy reservists. In addition to their career with Navy, band members are also professional musicians in their civilian lives.

Able Seaman Kristen Hobbs said the opportunities that are available to sailors in the Navy is unlike anywhere else.

"This tour has been a great experience both as a musician and as a sailor," Able Seaman Hobbs said.