Royal Marines Band win fans Down Under
The Royal Marines Band have proved a massive hit Down Under where they have been playing a series of concerts to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Australia Royal Navy.
Around 40 members of the band, which is based at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, flew over 10,000 miles to give their first performances in the country for decades.
The final major performance took place this week (Wednesday 9 October) at Sydney’s historic Capitol Theatre, where the band gave a 90-minute concert for a 2,000-strong audience in support of the Australian military charity Mates4Mates.
Leading the musicians is director of music at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth, Major Jason Burcham.
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He said it had been a fantastic tour.
“A Royal Marines Band has not performed in Australia in a very long time so we are thrilled to be bringing a number of musical ensembles to Sydney.
“ It’s been an immense privilege for every member of the band.
“Most of us join the Royal Marines Band Service for the opportunity to play music and travel the world.
“This visit to Sydney certainly achieves those aims.”
The Royal Marines Band has been joined in Sydney by counterparts from around the world, as well as the host nation’s own musicians, for a series of events surrounding the International Fleet Review.
The UK has also been represented by one of the Royal Navy’s most advanced Type 45 destroyers, Portsmouth-based HMS Daring, and the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas.
The Royal Marines musicians have performed a Beat Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset as well as playing nautical tunes during two open days for the visiting warships.
They’ve also demonstrated their versatility, taking part in a jazz festival, while a brass quintet entertained Sydney’s commuters.
Ahead of their big theatre concert, the band marched through the streets of Sydney during a ceremonial parade involving the massed ranks of the warships taking part in the fleet review.
Around 3,000 sailors from 20 Australian and 14 visiting ships, including HMS Daring, formed up for what was billed as one of the biggest military parades in Sydney since victory celebrations at the close of the Second World War in 1945.
The bands were cheered and applauded through the city by a crowd of 25,000 before saluting the reviewing officer, Australia’s Governor General Quentin Bryce, as they passed Sydney's Town Hall.
The Band left HMS Raleigh in September and stopped off for a series of performances in New Zealand before arriving in Australia.
The majority of musicians are due to return to HMS Raleigh shortly, but 13 will stay onboard HMS Daring for the remainder of the ship’s deployment.