RAN Band Tasmania

Seaman Nikayla Taskinen-Smith at the Royal Hobart Regatta 2019.
Seaman Nikayla Taskinen-Smith at the Royal Hobart Regatta 2019.

Royal Australian Navy Band Tasmania is based in historic Anglesea Barracks in Hobart and is a small but enthusiastic group of Naval Reserve Musicians under the direction of Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Martyn Hancock, CSM.

Well known throughout Tasmania for providing exciting and energetic rock group performances, the band’s capabilities also include various jazz combinations, a brass ensemble, and a Drum & Bugle Corps for ceremonial occasions. Regular major events supported by the band include the Australian Wooden Boats Festival and the Royal Hobart Regatta in the south, and AGFEST and the Tasmanian round of the V8 Supercars in the north.

In recent years the Band has also travelled to Tasmanian communities further afield, supporting events in such places as King Island and Flinders Island. In addition, the band regularly provides professional musical support to the Royal Australian Navy at a variety of functions such as ceremonial events and charity fundraisers.

The musicians of RAN Band Tasmania are very passionate and forward thinking, with repertoire ranging from 70s classic rock to modern day pop music and, combined with a vibrant and energetic stage presence, the band really excels at entertaining an audience. When not in Navy uniform, the Reserve Musicians come from a diverse range of full-time occupations including scientists, public servants, medical professionals, teachers and students to name just a few.

RAN Band Tasmania Jazz Group playing in HMAS Choules.
RAN Band Tasmania Jazz Group playing in HMAS Choules.
RAN Band Tasmania performing at the Royal Hobart Regatta 2018.
RAN Band Tasmania performing at the Royal Hobart Regatta 2018.