The Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band from Navy Headquarters South Queensland recently visited the Gold Coast over the weekend of 12 and 13 April for a tour of local festivals.
Performances by the detachment’s Big Band entertained crowds attending the Surf, Seafood and Symphony Festival at Surfer’s Paradise on the Saturday and the Heritage Festival and Street Party at Mudgeeraba on the Sunday. Luckily, the rain held off for both performances, allowing audiences to appreciate the vast talents of the detachment’s Navy reserve musicians.
The Queensland Detachment’s male vocalist and newest member, recruit musician Mark Jozinovic said that playing with the Royal Australian Navy band was an honour.
“Performing last weekend at the Gold Cost was incredible. The audience loved it and everyone who walked by stopped and watched our whole show. It’s great to be connected to the local community,” he said.
The Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band played an important role in a flag raising ceremony at the Mudgeeraba Heritage Festival, with Leading Seaman Gemma Tilly singing the national anthem.
“A Heritage Guard added to the occasion by firing volleys during the flag raising ceremony,” Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Camille Martin said.
“The bullocks lead the march and were given plenty of space before others involved in the street march advanced. The Navy Band marched through the main street of Mudgeeraba to enthusiastic onlookers and the vintage cars were a great addition to the parade too,” she said.