Home' Advance In Review : Advance in Review June 2013 Contents Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Welcome to our fourth edition of Advance in Review.
Since our last edition in April, Air Force Band musicians have
performed and represented Air Force in France, Belgium,
Gallipoli, Darwin, Wagga Wagga, Melbourne, and Canberra.
ANZAC Day commemorations are always a major part of our
calendar. This year, four Air Force Band members represented
Air Force internationally in France, Belgium, and Gallipoli.
Domestically, Air Force Band supported the ANZAC Day Dawn
Service at RAAF Base Wagga. For me, this was the first time I
have been involved in ANZAC Day commemorations outside a
capital city. I found the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at RAAF Base
Wagga to be poignant, with the Senior Air Force Officer of that
base giving readings alongside a new Air Force recruit who had
graduated from his recruit training less than 24 hours before the
Dawn Service. The setting in amongst gum trees, and the minute
silence accompanied by the sounds of Australian wildlife, added
a uniquely Australian feel to the service.
The Air Force Band concert series at Iwaki Auditorium in
Melbourne was launched with a program which included Adams’
Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Hindemith’s Symphonic
Metamorphosis. Air Force Band will be performing two more
concerts at that venue in the middle of this year, in addition to
an ABC live broadcast from Iwaki Auditorium at the end of the
year. Through this concert series, Air Force Band is developing
standards of excellence which is permeating across all facets of
Air Force Band operations. We plan to expand that concert series
to other capital cities in 2014, so that audiences across Australia
will be able to hear the precision, agility, and excellence which is
the Air Force Band.
The Air Force Chamber Music Series was also launched at St
Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, which gives the Australian public
an opportunity to hear the high quality Air Force Chamber Groups
which perform mostly at official Air Force and State functions.
Through this Chamber Music series, our chamber groups
are developing repertoire to perform at more remote parts of
Australia as part of our Community Outreach Program. As part
of this program, one of our wind quintets performed last month
at Karama Primary School just outside of Darwin to an audience
of indigenous and multicultural students.
I am immensely proud of the achievements of this Unit the past
three months. I hope you enjoy reading more about these and
other activities in which Air Force Band have been engaged, and
I look forward to seeing you at our concerts.
Squadron Leader Mathew Shelley | Commanding Officer
The Air Force Band has been the soundtrack
to my Air Force career, playing at parades
and ceremonies. They are the support act,
rarely the focus of the crowd’s attention.
It was with great excitement that I went
to the Sydney Myer Music Bowl to see the
Air Force Band perform in front of 25,000
people, where they be front and centre for
all to see.
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl was huge,
the diverse crowd stretching up over
the hill. Young kids were buried in their
phones. Friends and family were waving
and gesturing wildly to assemble the clan.
As the Commandant RAAF College with
the Air Force Band under command, I was
immensely proud. I felt like an excited father
while waiting for the band to perform.
As they came on stage, they looked too
small, swallowed by the bowl! My fears
were allayed as Shostakovich’s Festive
Overture proved that the Air Force Band
is bigger than it looks. They filled the
bowl; they seized attention, becoming the
focus. As ignored iPhones fell to side, I
watched the audience become aware of
Australia’s best military band. They gasped
as Squadron Leader Shelley recounted the
band’s gruelling itinerary over the past 12
months, exceeding that of many orchestras.
They were thrilled by the Drum Corps’
precision and discipline, and enthralled with
Corporal Roxanne Moxham’s performance
of With One Look. They are the band that
does it all.
They concluded with Adams’ Short Ride
in a Fast Machine, performing the very
essence of an Air Force. The Air Force
Band proved that they could rise to any
challenge; they were innovative, passionate,
proud and excellent. Under a February sky
the Air Force climbed and dived, raced
and careered around a captured audience.
The Air Force Band dared greatly and they
Group Captain Tony Checker OAM
Commandant RAAF College
“I was immensely
proud. I felt like an
excited father while
waiting for the band to
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