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February 18, 2010
ing down a spoons med-
band rocked the house,
an AC/DC classic.
audience pumped, and
ed for all deployed per-
ands broke into their
highlighting their indi-
nd re-formed, a touch-
as made to the victims
Black Saturday bush-
ria, before nine vocal-
g ABMUSN Damien
USN Tracy Kennedy and
emma Tilly, combined to
l Australia home.
Tilley said it was quite
oordinating the singers,
rvice providing three
ll solo vocalists so getting
d harmony right was the
" AB Tilley said.
orming on such a huge
occasion -- with all the international
performers -- helps you lift your per-
After missing out on performing
at the Edinburgh Tattoo as a member
of the Welsh Guard Band in England,
lateral transferee ABMUSN Stuart
Malcolm finally got the chance to per-
form at this year's event in Australia.
"I have performed for the Royal
family on many occasions but always
missed the Edinburgh Tattoo," AB
"I can't believe I had to transfer to
the RAN Band to finally perform in a
The night ended with all 1500 per-
formers on the arena, while tributes
were made to those currently serving
and those who have been killed or
injured from all militaries across the
-- LSIS Paul McCallum
WHEN the RAN Band
marched into the arena
for the first perform-
ance on the night of
February 4, few of the cheering
audience realised they were seeing
history being made.
Proudly leading her charges was
the band's first female CPO and
female Drum Major, CPOMUSN
The RAN almost missed out.
For six years, CPO Martin was a
Reservist musician with the Army's
1st Division Royal Australian Artillery
Band in Brisbane while she completed
her Bachelor of Music and Graduate
Diploma in Music Performance at
the Queensland Conservatorium of
On completion, she decided to
obtain a reliable income that also
allowed her to pursue her passion
for music. In addition to playing her
French Horn and her casual work
with the Queensland Symphony
Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic
and various other professional
music ensembles around Brisbane,
she enjoyed the camaraderie of her
Defence colleagues. A military career
seemed in order.
"The Army Band was not recruit-
ing at the time, so I decided on Navy
instead," CPO Martin said. She
enlisted in July 1995.
It seems to have been a mutually
fortuitous choice. Over the course
of her 15-year career, CPO Martin
has performed in most major parts
of Australia as well as a wide range
of international venues, including in
South East Asia, the South Pacific,
Middle East and Turkey.
Her skills as a musician and leader
were recognised and, in 2008, she was
promoted to CPO, the first female
to attain that rank in the RAN as a
"It is something I am very proud
of," she said.
CPO Martin said playing with a
military band was completely differ-
ent to playing with an orchestra.
"For a start, you don't get to play
with strings, the music is very differ-
ent and, at times, I do miss playing
with strings. However, I also enjoy
playing with military bands. It's not
just about marching; it's about being
in uniform and I feel very proud to be
a serving member."
Although she has led several cer-
emonial parades, the Tattoo was the
biggest parade in which she has par-
ticipated and she was excited at being
a part of it.
"It was a fantastic show and to be
a part of it was wonderful."
-- LCDR Andrew Stackpool
PUMPING: ABMUSN Damian
Dowd gets into the mood,
singing an AC/DC classic.
IN TUNE: The RAN band performs in the
2010 Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
IN THE LEAD: CPOMUSN Camille
Martin is the first female Drum Major
in the RAN and hopes other females
will follow in her footsteps.
Photos: LACW Casey Gaul
Main photo: Hmailton Lund/SCG Trust
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