RAN Band strikes a chord at RIMPAC

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer), Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey H (photographer)

Location(s): Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, Exercise RIMPAC

Royal Australian Navy Musicians perform as part of the Rim of the Pacific Band during a performance at Fort Derussey park, Waikiki. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Royal Australian Navy Musicians perform as part of the Rim of the Pacific Band during a performance at Fort Derussey park, Waikiki.
A detachment of the RAN Band has shared its skills with other nations and audiences across Hawaii during the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
 
Thirteen musicians from units around Australia are deployed for Exercise RIMPAC 18, sharing stages and playing in harmony with their international counterparts from other navies.
 
The band maintained a high tempo during the harbour phase of RIMPAC, performing at official functions aboard HMAS Adelaide and the United States aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, at Independence Day celebrations and on the popular Waikiki Beach.
 
Members of the band also played live on the local morning news program Wake Up 2Day alongside the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band.
 
In addition to the thrill of performing to an overseas audience, the RAN Band has also enjoyed working with fellow musicians from around the world.
 
Bandmaster Petty Officer Brett Douglas said RIMPAC’s theme of capable and adaptive partnerships was in action when rehearsing and performing with fellow bands.
 
“The official function aboard the USS Carl Vinson was a snapshot of what RIMPAC stands for,” he said.
 
“Interoperability was at play with our musicians augmenting the US Pacific Fleet Band and, with limited rehearsal time, we were able to achieve a wide variety of combined performances covering a broad range of musical styles at a professional standard.”
 
“Outside of the music-specific similarities, it was surprising just how many administrative, logistical and personnel systems and procedures we have in common as military musicians.”
 
The RAN Band detachment at RIMPAC has come together directly from separate deployments aboard HMAS Adelaide for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 and USNS Mercy for Pacific Partnership 2018.
 
They will remain at sea throughout the sea phase of RIMPAC and return to Australia in late August.