RAN Band South Australia

The Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia.
The Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia.

Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia, under the direction of Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Grant Metcalfe, consists of 27 Naval Reserve Musicians, and is based at Keswick Barracks in Adelaide.

The Reserve Musicians represent a variety of occupations including full time students, secondary school teachers, arts administrators, a bus driver, a landscape architect, a corrections officer, a retail manager, and a chef, as well as including several full time professional musicians.

The band provides a highly visible Navy presence in a state with otherwise low naval representation, and supports a wide variety of commitments and organisations requiring many varied styles of music. RAN Band South Australia is versatile, being able to provide a traditional parade band for ceremonial occasions, a 20 piece stage band, a 12 piece rock group, and smaller ensembles including a jazz group, saxophone ensemble, clarinet group and brass ensemble.

Recently, RAN Band South Australian has participated in Adelaide’s Anzac Day, Coral Sea and Korean War 60th Anniversary ceremonies; performed a chamber music concert for Sea Sunday at a heritage church in Wallaroo, supported Rotary fundraising, the Jetty to Surf swim classic and the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars race. The band also participates in community engagement programs at the Adelaide Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and provides a bugler for most of the ceremonial occasions in Adelaide.