RAN Band Queensland

RAN Band Queensland plays during the Navy Indigenous Development Program graduation in Cairns, Queensland, 2021.

RAN Band Queensland plays during the Navy Indigenous Development Program graduation in Cairns, Queensland, 2021.

Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland is based at HMAS Moreton in Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland. The band consists of 25 part-time Musicians and two full-time Musicians under the direction of Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Musician Mike Vaughan.

RAN Band Queensland provides ceremonial support to HMAS Moreton and to Navy throughout the Sunshine State. Ceremonial support often takes the form of a military marching band but can also take the form of vocal and bugle support to anthem/Last Post ceremonies, as well as drum corps support. HMA Ship visits to Brisbane, such as that of HMAS Brisbane, see the Band supporting Freedom of Entry parades, Ceremonial Sunsets, official functions and ship open days.

The Band is most well-known throughout the state for entertaining audiences with its contemporary 22 piece Big Band, and capabilities extend to include an energetic 10 piece Cover Band, a high quality Jazz Ensemble and a vibrant Brass Quintet.

RAN Band Queensland proudly supports Defence Member and Family Support (formerly Defence Community Organisation - DCO) and Queensland’s not-for-profit sector, performing regularly at charity fundraising events such as the Legacy Defence Charity Ball, as well as a broad selection of community events. Throughout the year the Band can be seen within Queensland supporting events such as the Australia Day citizenship ceremony, Anzac Day Dawn Services and parades, as well as a variety of Defence and public memorial services.

The Reserve Musicians that form the RAN Band Queensland come from a diverse range of full-time occupations including scientists, public servants, medical professionals, teachers, full time students and professional musicians.

Members of RAN Band Queensland regularly support the Permanent Navy Force of the RAN Band, engaging in full-time contracts to support capability where required. This has seen Queensland musicians working both domestically and as part of deployments at sea, including IPE and RIMPAC, as well as international deployments and representation in the Middle East, Gallipoli, South Pacific and New Zealand to name a few.

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Bandmaster, RAN Band Queensland, Chief Petty Officer Mike Vaughan.
Bandmaster, RAN Band Queensland, Chief Petty Officer Mike Vaughan.

Bandmaster, Chief Petty Officer Mike Vaughan

Chief Petty Officer Mike Vaughan began his military musical career in May 1989 as a guitar player in the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. In 1996 Leading Seaman Vaughan transferred laterally into the RAN, joining the RAN Band Sydney. Promoted to Petty Officer Musician in 1999, PO Vaughan deployed on multiple occasions in support of RAN commitments abroad, as well as a number of significant ceremonial events such as the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete in 2001, and the Sultan of Brunei’s 60th birthday celebrations.

Promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 2003, CPO Vaughan was posted to Queensland as the Bandmaster for the RAN Band Queensland. In 2009 CPO Vaughan posted to HMAS Cerberus as the Bandmaster of the RAN Band Melbourne until 2012, he then joined the Defence Command Support Training Centre at Simpson Barracks in Melbourne as a training designer. During this posting CPO Vaughan enabled the endorsement of all music related training courses for Defence musicians including a complete redesign of the Band Officer Course. Returning to Brisbane in 2018 CPO Vaughan currently serves as the Bandmaster of the RAN Band Queensland.

Other significant deployments for CPO Vaughan include Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008, Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli in 2010, and the Hong Kong Military Tattoo 2012. In recognition of his contribution to navy logistical musical support CPO Vaughan was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.


RAN Band Queensland Ensembles

For correct acknowledgement of RAN Band ensembles and naming conventions, please refer to the RAN Band Acknowledgement Guidelines.

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Big Band

The RAN Band Queensland Big Band consists of a 22-piece group comprising five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, rhythm section and vocalists. This group has the ability to cover a board range of artists, from the 40s classics of Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra, to their modern counterparts such as Michael Bublé and Natalie Cole, to the most contemporary dance music of today. This gives the ensemble great versatility and the ability to support a cross-section of events. The band performs at festivals, charity functions and high-profile public events all through Queensland and are well prepared to satisfy their many and varied audiences.

Jazz Ensemble

The RAN Band Queensland Jazz Ensemble is one of several smaller capabilities provided by the unit. Comprising rhythm section, horns and vocals, the Jazz Ensemble is the perfect choice to provide fine background music to events such as official functions, cocktail parties, dinners and corporate or charity events. The ensemble presents music from the swing era to contemporary jazz standards, from Billie Holiday to modern artists such as Michael Bublé, and has the capability to provide anthem and bugle support to ADF mess dinners.

Cover Band

The Cover Band is a sought after choice for a range of events around the state. Augmented by a four piece horn section and four vocalists, the band has the ability to cover music from classic rock to current Top 40 covers. With such a wide selection of music the ensemble can support many different events, and provide background music or vibrant audience engaging performances.


Join RAN Band Queensland

Full details about joining the Band can be found on the Join Us page.

RAN Band Queensland in City Hall Brisbane, Queensland.
RAN Band Queensland in City Hall Brisbane, Queensland, 2021.