Band on ferry

Published on LSIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (author)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, International Fleet Review

A saxophone quintet from the RAN Band's Adelaide Detachment make an entertaining change on the morning ferry between Circular Quay and Manly in the lead up to the IFR. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
A saxophone quintet from the RAN Band's Adelaide Detachment make an entertaining change on the morning ferry between Circular Quay and Manly in the lead up to the IFR.

Sydney Harbour ferry passengers were surprised and entertained by the smooth sound of a saxophone as they stepped aboard during the IFR.

All six of the Navy’s band detachments descended on Sydney to support IFR functions around the city. They played at various locations and events including supporting the fireworks display at Bradfield Park and entertaining the Governor General at Garden Island.

Three groups of musicians entertained morning commuters on the Manly to Circular Quay Ferry runs while different groups featured each day, including various woodwind and brass combinations from the Sydney, Queensland and South Australian detachments of the band and the visiting Royal New Zealand Navy Band.

Band Master of the South Australian detachment CPOMUSN Kara Williams played in the saxophone quintet and said she had a great time.

“Playing on the ferry was my favourite gig,” CPO Williams said.

“The looks on the passengers faces when they realised there was live music on the ferry was priceless.

“They didn’t quite know what was going on and then after we introduced ourselves and started playing they really got into it.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better day.

“The weather was beautiful and it was so smooth the trip went so quickly our set was over before we knew it.

“We would have gone backwards and forwards to Manly all day if we could have.”