The promotion of a member is always a cause for celebration, and Leading Seaman Musician Daniel McIlvride’s promotion and commissioning to Sub Lieutenant is no exception.
He has become the newest member of the Royal Australian Navy Band officer cohort.
Leading Seaman McIlvride received his commission at the HMAS Cerberus Wardroom on 14 July.
Band officer promotions are special as there is no direct entry scheme.
All candidates are selected from within the ranks of the band.
Members are required to pass a range of assessments, including medical and psychology tests, and a musical selection assessment.
Leading Seaman McIlvride, who joined the Navy band in 2013, has a wealth of experience as a teacher and performer, having worked with John Foreman and Rhonda Birchmore, and on the television series Dancing with the Stars.
Leading Seaman McIlvride has deployed to Afghanistan and in 2018 he deployed in HMAS Adelaide for Indo Pacific Endeavour and Exercise RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), functioning as a sound and lighting technician in addition to his role as an instrumentalist.
He said he was excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead.
“I’m looking forward to transitioning into a senior leadership position in the organisation,” he said.
“I hope to implement positive change and growth within the band category.”