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 in the middle of nowhere and massive official openings. We entertained and continue to do so. This section devotes itself to archived recordings, album covers and aspects of the music we played.



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.

Read more: LETS TAKE A WALK 1971



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.

Read more: OUR DIRECTORS 1992



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.

Read more: ADVANCEMENT 1971


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.
Read more: NAVAL SHOWCASE 1957



GOLDEN JUBILEE 1961
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1961?
Original Album From Ed Thring

Golden_Jubilee_front

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. 

Read more: GOLDEN JUBILEE 1961



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. 
Read more: AT HOME AND ABROAD 1962



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. 
Read more: COMBINED OPERATION 1964



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.

 
Read more: PRIDE OF THE NAVY EP 1966



ON THE QUARTER DECK No 2 1967
Recorded EMI Studios Sydney 1967
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.
This is the same track listing as Sounds From The Seas. So The date is possibly the date of the original recording thats on the back cover.
The selection on this record again reflects the bands versatlity with marches on side 1 and as the cover notes say, toe-tapping tunes that are indicative to the navy's modern outlook in regard to music as well as with ships and training. The cover also states that it was made and printed in Great Britian under the REGAL Label.

This Album has Mp3 recordings.

Read more: ON THE QUARTER DECK No 2 1967
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