RAN Band Sydney

RAN Band Sydney at Band Call at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney.
RAN Band Sydney at Band Call at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney.

Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney consists of approximately 50 full-time members under the musical direction of Lieutenant Brian O'Kane and is complemented by a number of Naval Reserve Musicians as required.

The Sydney Band has a strong national and international focus and maintains versatile music capabilities, specialising in the delivery of ceremonial music, traditional and contemporary wind music, and popular music products.

In recent years members of the Sydney and Melbourne Bands have participated in a number of overseas deployments including to the Middle East, Turkey (Gallipoli), Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands; to locations all around the world aboard Royal Australian Navy ships; and to musical gatherings such as military tattoos in Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, China, Hong Kong and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.

Members of the Band also frequently travel to naval establishments all around Australia supporting Navy ceremonies and events.

Key capabilities of the Band are its ceremonial ensemble (including its bugle, drum corps, and fanfare capabilities) and wind orchestra. Extending its reach is a high-energy show group - The Admiral's Own, and wind chamber ensembles - The Commodores. The Admiral's Own comprises jazz orchestra and big band capabilities, a rock group, and a small jazz ensemble. The Commodores consists of wind and brass combinations including quintets, quartets, trios and small vocal ensembles.

The Sydney Band maintains a very busy schedule performing at many public events throughout Sydney and New South Wales including school concerts, community music festivals, local commemorative services, charity events and large sporting events.