Compositions on song

This article has photo gallery Published on ABMUSN Ellen Zyla (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Location(s): Coogee, New South Wales

Able Seaman Musician Gary Honor on saxophone during at performance at the Coogee Diggers Hotel, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
Able Seaman Musician Gary Honor on saxophone during at performance at the Coogee Diggers Hotel, Sydney.

For over 100 years, musicians and leaders of the Royal Australian Navy Band have proudly taken the message and music of Australia to the world and represented the ideals of a creative nation, proud of their history and eagerly anticipating their future. 

Music is indeed the international language and the performances of the Royal Australian Navy Band are always met with enjoyment and appreciation.

It is in this manner of tradition and creative history that the Royal Australian Navy Band officially launched their latest album ‘Compositions.’ Recorded by the Admiral’s Own Big Band in August 2014 and officially launched on 29 May at the Coogee Diggers Club. 

Director of Music – Navy, Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke said one of the greatest challenges when writing music is to say something new. 

"Upon listening to this selection, I’m sure you’ll agree that these musicians have spoken with a unique voice loud and clear!”, he said.

The Admiral’s Own Big Band performed selections from the CD to a packed and very appreciative audience, including Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer.

This is the first big band album in eighteen years and features the composition and arranging talents of members of the ensemble.

‘Compositions’ is available through Soundcloud, YouTube or by contacting the Royal Australian Navy Band on (02) 9359 2618 or email navy.band@defence.gov.au