For a second year in a row, the Royal Australian Navy Band provided musical support to the recent Jacaranda Festival in Grafton, New South Wales, surrounded by the beautiful purple-flowering trees that the festival is named after.
Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Musician Camille Martin said the locals were treated to a wide variety of music from a small jazz combo, to swing Big Band, traditional marching band, and rock band. The Navy Band is staffed by professional musicians
"The people of Grafton ensured we were very well looked after throughout the visit, with good old-fashioned country hospitality wherever the band went," she said.
"The Navy Band lead a march for the children of Grafton through the main street, adding to the spectacle appreciated by many locals and visitors, and our Big Band performed a feature concert prior to the main event of the weekend, the crowning of the 2015 Jacaranda Queen as well as various elements of the Band at a ball.
"The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the performances and many asked if the Navy Band could return next year" she said.
During the visit the Band members also collected donations for Navy Headquarters - South Queensland’s charity of choice, The Tertiary Place, raising almost $700 from the generous people of Grafton. The Tertiary Place assists young adults with disabilities with activities that encourage creativity, teamwork and friendship at their facility in Murarrie.