Key Contacts:  (Musical Director) 08 8945 4476  or e-mail: darwincitybrassband@gmail.com 

  

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darwin military museum websiteDarwin City Brass Band is busy preparing for a concert to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Darwin Military Museum at East Point on Saturday 17 August at 2.30 pm. This includes a flag lowering ceremony at the conclusion of the concert.

The Darwin Military Museum is located between the original gun emplacements, positioned to protect the city and harbour. This indoor/outdoor museum offers the best of both worlds. Inside is a carefully constructed recreation, called the Defence of Darwin Experience. Using video, old photographs, oral history and maps, we learn about the second world war as it was experienced by many different communities in the Top End, including white professional, foreign troops, Chinese labourers and local indigenous people.

The war, it is bluntly said, was being fought in Darwin long before the citizens of Sydney and Melbourne read about it in their morning papers. Even before the bombing of Darwin in February 1942, four Japanese submarines had entered Darwin Harbour seeking Allied warships to sink.

The outdoor displays in the museum are stark reminders of the tough conditions and basic equipment young soldiers, many of them teenagers, were forced to endure in order to turn back the Japanese. The original AWC (Allied War Command) jeeps (so-named as they were vehicles, general purpose), camouflage depots, naval war guns and mortars are displayed in tranquil tropical gardens.

Screen Shot 2019 06 27 at 61942 PMIn April 2019 the Darwin City Brass Band commenced the process of advertising for the role of Musical Director as part of an expression of interest process.

At the bands rehearsal on Tuesday 25th June, President Andrew Stone outlined in some detail the process that the committee embarked on in early April this year and the level of interest that the band received.

The band is pleased to advise the appointment of Ron Roberts to the role of Musical Director for a 2 year term commencing 1 July 2019.  Ron is the incumbent Musical Director. 

The band's committee would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Ron for his tireless work behind the scene's, to assist the committee in the good administration of the band.

Please join us in congratulating Ron on his appointment.

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ABCListen to Musical Director Ron Roberts being interviewed by ABC's Liz Trevaskis on ABC Radio Darwin Live. 

Ron Roberts was interviewed by the ABC following an article that appeared in the NT News seeking percussionists for the 2019 ANZAC Day parade. 

Click on the file to download the.mp3 file.

 

 

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