Merimbula Jazz Festival: Navy brings big beats to town

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BRASS CLASS: The Admiral's Own Big Band will be performing at the Merimbula Jazz Festival.

BRASS CLASS: The Admiral's Own Big Band will be performing at the Merimbula Jazz Festival.

The Admiral's Own Big Band, part of the Royal Australian Navy Band, will play at the 2019 Merimbula Jazz Festival over June 7-10.

The RAN Band from Sydney last attended the festival two years ago and played to packed houses for their gigs. The band 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 Admirals Own Big Band features 18 of the navy's top jazz and big band musicians performing in a range of styles from the traditional swing era through to contemporary big band music.

The Admiral's Own Big Band members have performed with many well-known artists including James Morrison, Don Burrows, Guy Sebastian and Katie Noonan. They have performed for audiences throughout Australia at events such as the Thredbo Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival and 'Jazz in the Vines' Hunter Valley.

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There will also be a small group from the navy band performing as the Navy New Orleans Beats during the festival. 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.

The men and women of the Royal Australian Navy Band deploy throughout Australia in support of naval ceremonial, musical and public relations interests. Its musicians are highly skilled and versatile, able to perform traditional ceremonial and concert music, jazz, pop, rock, swing and classical.

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