Home' Advance In Review : Advance in Review December 2014 Contents The process of recruiting a new musician
for Air Force Band often throws up a few
surprises. Our latest recruit clarinettist
Aircraftsman Liam Murphy certainly had the
audition panel wondering; he had included
in his CV that he was proficient in Sanskrit
as well as several other ancient languages.
This was definitely a first for Air Force Band.
ANDREW: Where did you grow up?
LIAM: I’m from Melbourne but I spent a
few years in America (NJ) from 1999-2001.
I began learning clarinet in America but
actually started practising the thing at
Blackburn High School in Melbourne where
I was motivated to play as much as I could
and perform frequently.
ANDREW: Could you share some of your
musical experiences before joining Air
LIAM: I’ve played with the Royal Melbourne
Philharmonic, Melbourne City Opera, and
some new chamber groups such as the
Crosswinds ensemble. Since 2007 I have
played in a concerning number of Gilbert
and Sullivan shows.
ANDREW: What are your interests outside
of Air Force Band?
LIAM: Currently I’m going through a big
tennis phase. I’ve always followed tennis but
now I’m getting lessons and trying to play
every day. At university I studied classical
languages and archaeology, alongside
music. I still read a lot about languages
and I hope to continue volunteering at
archaeological sites when I have time off
ANDREW: What kind of music are you
LIAM: I can enjoy almost all music. I’ve
always loved the wind band and try to
play in them when I can. I jumped at the
opportunity to play with the Melbourne Wind
Ensemble in its inaugural performance and
also played in the University of Melbourne
Wind Symphony. Gilbert and Sullivan will
always have a special place in my heart!
ANDREW: What tempted you to join Air
LIAM: I had considered joining a service
band for some time as I have always been
interested in wind band music. But I was
finally convinced to sign up when one of my
old friends from High School joined the RAN
Band as a clarinettist and I felt jealous of
her getting her life in order.
ANDREW: How was recruit training?
LIAM: The training was very intensive
and challenging but I can look back on
some great moments. I made some good
friends and learnt a lot in a very short time.
Although I can’t say I’d jump to do it all
again, live fire and ground-defence were
definitely my favourite parts of the course.
ANDREW: How has your life changed since
joining Air Force Band?
LIAM: I finished university in June 2013 and
almost immediately auditioned for the Air
Force Band. So I have gone from university
to the Air Force in a short time. The change,
however, hasn’t been too dramatic: the
early mornings I was already used to and I
continue to practise a lot and pursue sport
and my academic interests. The biggest
change has been getting used to travelling
Liam is indeed correct; travel is certainly
a big part of being a service musician and
he can certainly expect to see much of
Australia and beyond as a member of Air
Force Band. He will have plenty of time to
continue with his fascination with obscure
languages during long bus rides to RAAF
Base Wagga and beyond.
Sergeant Andrew Boyle
Worthy of a red carpet, Air Force Band proudly premièred their
new Concert Dress Jacket at a performance in Melbourne on
the 1st of November.
The new Air Force Blue Jacket is identical to the new All Seasons
Mess Jacket and replaces the band’s previous white Concert
Dress Jacket. Adorned by the Individual Readiness Badge and
miniature medals, the Concert Dress uniform is worn by Air
Force Band musicians at official or public balls, dinners and
evening indoor concerts of a formal nature.
Air Force Band’s Commanding Officer and Director of Music,
Squadron Leader Mathew Shelley, said that the band’s
performance at the prestigious and renowned Iwaki Auditorium
in Melbourne was the perfect fit for the uniform’s première.
“The new Concert Dress adds a touch of class to our more formal
evening concerts, whilst being easily recognisable as a distinctive
Air Force uniform.”
Look out for Air Force Band as they travel across Australia and
the world, proudly representing the Air Force team.
Sergeant Adam Schlemitz
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