The band played on

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): Albany, WA

The Royal Australian Navy Band perform at the Albany Entertainment Centre as part of the activities associated with the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)
The Royal Australian Navy Band perform at the Albany Entertainment Centre as part of the activities associated with the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

If music is the ‘universal language of mankind’ then the Royal Australian Navy Band kept their communicating all weekend, with three community concerts over the three day period at the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.
 
Uniformed musicians mustered at the Albany Entertainment Centre and struck up a tune to honour the 100th anniversary of the First World War departure from Albany.

PC-9 from RAAF Base Pearce aircraft perform a formation flyover during the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event troop march down York Street in Albany, Western Australia.

PC-9 from RAAF Base Pearce aircraft perform a formation flyover during the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event troop march down York Street in Albany, Western Australia.


 
Australia and New Zealand continue to support each other, whether on the battlefield or onstage. The Royal Australian Navy Band and the New Zealand Defence Force Band performed music known to the Australians of 1914 and played a contemporary selection of music popular to all ages in the audience.

A member of the Royal Australian Navy Band plays at the Ceremonial Sunset held at ANZAC Peace Park as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

A member of the Royal Australian Navy Band plays at the Ceremonial Sunset held at ANZAC Peace Park as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.


Seaman Musician Ben Smith, a bugler in the Navy band, reflected on his role and his personal experiences over the weekend.
 
“It’s been an amazing experience, participating in this event has been an honour and privilege.
 
“It’s been very emotional. The Troop March with the old diggers brought tears to everyone’s eyes. To be leading the parade in the band has been truly amazing and it was good to be part of the spectacular Ceremonial Sunset. We have done many of these ceremonies before but certainly not on a world stage with a live broadcast which makes this even more special,” Seaman Smith said.
 
Able Seaman Musician Nadene Starkie, a vocalist in the Royal Australian Navy Band, grew up in Albany, paid tribute to the host city.
 
“The experience was fantastic and Albany has done a great job in renewing history,” Able Seaman Starkie said.
 
The New Zealand Defence Force Maori Cultural Group (Te Roopu Kapahaka o te Ope Katua o Aotearoa) also presented a classic programme of songs and dances which made them a hit during recent overseas performances.

The Royal Australian Navy Band play at the Community Concert as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

The Royal Australian Navy Band play at the Community Concert as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.