The Royal Australian Navy Veterans Band is the musical arm of the Royal Australian Navy Band Association Incorporated, which is an ex-service organisation receiving no funding from government.
The Royal Australian Navy Veterans Band was born in 2000 with a 75-piece marching band in the Sydney Anzac Day March, all volunteers, all former RAN Band members, all veterans.
For the next ten years the Veterans Band marched in Anzac Day parades in all parts of Australia until 2010 when the Band moved to overseas travel as a concert band.
As many veterans can no longer play, the band has turned to their brothers and sisters from Australian military bands and community bands to join in to make up the numbers and be veterans in arms. This includes your very own Ballina Concert Band.
These three great bands will join for a Gala Concert at the Ballina RSL on Vietnam Veterans’ Day with all proceeds from admission, which is a donation at the door, to aid the Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund.
The Royal Australian Navy Veterans Band consider it an honour to be joined by the Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney in a first for the two bands.
The massive concert will feature 80 musicians on stage performing a range of music for all ages and from all genres.
A combined band of 50 musicians will provide musical support for the Vietnam Veterans’ Service of Commemoration commencing a 10.45am at the Cenotaph before it moves on to the Ballina RSL Club.
The Club would like to invite everyone to come along and enjoy a very memorable concert. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, doors open at 2.30pm.
For more information, visit: ballinarsl.com.au.