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The Music We Played

Most of the performances were outstanding (and some not so) but it all improved our musical capabilities and provided the right atmosphere for the occasion. From Beat Retreats to wardroom dinners, Concerts out in the middle of nowhere to massive official openings, we entertained and continue to do so. This section devotes itself to recordings and aspects of the music we played.

LETS TAKE A WALK 1971



LETS TAKE A WALK 1971
Recorded at the EMI Studios SydneyLets_take_a_walk_front_promo.
Original Album from Terry Ekin.

LCDR Don Coxon, L.R.A.M, R.A.N., Director of Music.
An album of interesting selections by the then Director Don Coxon. It fails to include the musicians again apart from Louis Burdett who plays "The Joyful Skeleton" on Xylophone.

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BLUE WATER MEN 1972



BLUE WATER MEN
Recorded at EMI studios Sydney 1972
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LCDR Don Coxon LRAM RAN.
Includes wonderful arrangements by Tommy Tyco, John Sangster and Bob 'Beetles' Young and featured Don Burrows.
A progressive step for the RAN Band at the time from the more traditional march style recordings. The atmosphere at the recording sessions were very exciting as we were dealing with styles way outside our comfort zone. For those that participated, I'm sure they left with a better understanding of what a Military/Concert band could produce.

This Album has Mp3 recordings.

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FAVOURITE MARCHES REVISITED 1982


FAVOURITE MARCHES REVISITED 1982
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1982.Favourite_Marches_Promo
Original Album from Evelyn Collinson.
LCDR Bill Farrelll, LRAM, ARCM, RAN, Director of Music.

An excellent album of the most recognise marches.


This Album has Mp3 recordings.

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OUR DIRECTORS 1992



OUR DIRECTORS 1992
Recordings from various sessions at EMI Studios SydneyOur_Director_Header.
Original Album from Robert Bedwell.

LCDR Vic Knowles, LRAM, LGSM, TMUSA, R.A.N., Director of Music.
An album reflecting past Directors of Music and their significant input into the direction of the Royal Australian Navy Band. The cover notes by Lt R (Jock) Heath tell the story.

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ANNIVERSARY A SALUTE TO THE RAN 1986



ANNIVERSARY A SALUTE TO THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY 1911-1986
Recorded AAV Studios Sth Melbourne. 1985
Original Album from Evelyn Collinson.Anniversary_Promo
LCDR Bill Farrell, AM, LRAM, ARCM, RAN, Director of Music.

An album of the history of the RAN with marches and selections depicting the period and mood of the time.

This Album has Mp3 recordings.

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ADVANCEMENT 1971



ADVANCEMENT 1971
Recorded at Mt Elisa
Original Album from Ed Thring. 
Arrangements by Peter Bauers. 

Advancement_PromoA little treasure That Ed Thring found of a little known recording by Peter Bauers and some well know names from the 70's FND band.

This Album has Mp3 recordings.

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NAVAL SHOWCASE 1957


NAVAL SHOWCASE 1957
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1957Naval_Showcase_front.
Original Album from Ed Thring.
LCDR George Hooker, M.B.E., R.A.N., Director of Music.
Bandsmen from HMAS Sydney, HMAS Melbourne, Eastern Australia Area, Flinders Naval Depot and School of Music made this record possible in 1957 at the Castlereagh St studios of EMI. There is no band listing on this album or acknowledgement of sound or studio engineers. The cover notes have no author.

This Album has Mp3 recordings.

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ANCHORS AWEIGH 19..?

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ANCHORS AWEIGH 19..?

Massed Bands Of The Royal Australian Navy.
Conducted By LCDR George Hooker.
Original Album from Jim Hawkins.

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ON THE QUARTER DECK No 1 1961


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Massed Bands Of The Royal Australian Navy Band.
1961 but needs clarification.
Conducted By LTCDR George Hooker, M.B.E, L.R.A.M, A.M.U.A, R.A.N.
Original Album from Jim Hawkins.

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GOLDEN JUBILEE 1961



GOLDEN JUBILEE 1961
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1961?
Original Album From Ed Thring
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LCDR George Hooker, Director of Music. M.B.E., L.R.A.M., R.A.N.
The selection on this record has been chosen to provide a pageant of the music that the men of the Royal Australian Navy have marched to during the last 50 years.

This Album has Mp3 recordings. 

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AT HOME AND ABROAD 1962



AT HOME AND ABROAD.
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1962
Original Album from Ed Thring.
At_Home__Abroad_Front

LCDR George Hooker, Director of Music. M.B.E., L.R.A.M., R.A.N.

The Chapel of St George makes a wonderful backdrop to this album and the theme is marches of the world. The year is in question, so help there. Another album where the drum corp carries the marches through on both sides of the album.

This Album has Mp3 recordings. 

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COMBINED OPERATION 1964



COMBINED OPERATION.
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1964
Original Album from Ed Thring
Combined_Operations_front

LCDR George Hooker, Director of Music. M.B.E., L.R.A.M., A.M.U.A., R.A.N.

A traditional march album recorded in 1964 with 12 of the most recognised marches around at the time but themed to be Army, Navy and Air Force for the sake of the album.

This Album has Mp3 recordings. 

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SOUNDS FROM THE SEA 1965


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SOUNDS FROM THE SEA. 
Massed bands Of The Royal Australian Navy. 1965 but needs clarification.
Conducted By LTCDR George Hooker, A.M.B, L.R.A.M, A.M.U.A, R.A.N.
Original Album from Jim Hawkins.

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HERE COMES THE BAND 1966



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HERE COMES THE BAND. 
Massed Bands Of The Royal Australian Navy.
1966 but needs clarification.
Conducted By LTCDR George Hooker, M.B.E, L.R.A.M, A.M.U.A, R.A.N.
Original Album from Jim Hawkins.

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PRIDE OF THE NAVY EP 1966



PRIDE OF THE NAVY.
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1966?
Original Album from Ed Thring
Pride_of_the_Navy_EP_Front

LCDR George Hooker, Director of Music. M.B.E., L.R.A.M., A.M.U.A., R.A.N.

An EP released I think in 1966 or 67, Was it to celebrate the new guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth. I say that because all the specs are about the ship and nothing else about the band or pieces selected.

 

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