Navy bands from across the seas unite to bring the beat to Martin Place

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, International Engagement

The Japanese Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Band performs with the Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney as part of a Joint Forces concert held at Martin Place in Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)
The Japanese Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Band performs with the Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney as part of a Joint Forces concert held at Martin Place in Sydney, NSW.

Last week, the Royal Australian Navy Band - Sydney hosted a public concert in the amphitheatre at Martin Place, Sydney, with the visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron Band.

The Training Squadron Band comprises 19 band members nominated from six Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Bands, namely Tokyo Band, Yokosuka Band, Kure Band, Sasebo Band, Maizuru Band and Ominato Band.

Since May 2019, they have been embarked in the Japanese ship JS Kashima alongside newly commissioned naval officers, for a voyage to promote international relations through the power of music.

As a part of their musical performance, the traditional Japanese drum ‘Wadaiko’ was played.

Lieutenant Brian O’Kane, the Music Director of the Royal Australian Navy Band - Sydney, said the joint performance was well received by the people of Sydney.

“People really seemed to enjoy seeing two military bands, with their own unique cultural elements, play together in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie.

“Music has a universal power to bring people together and feel unified.

“It was a great experience to play alongside the JMSDF’s Training Squadron Band and really special to share the stage with the Wadaiko drummers - it was a rare treat,” Lieutenant O’Kane said.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20192279.