The RFMF Band, Fijian delegation to Queen’s birthday have done us proud
Congratulations to the Fijian delegation that took part in Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations over the weekend. The grand celebration included UK stars of stage and screen, representatives of the royal guard and other invited guests who gathered at Windsor Castle to pay tribute to Britain’s longest serving monarch. A number of UK media outlets labelled the final night as “An evening of nostalgia and reverie.” The night featured royal pipers, drummers, a caber tossing display, 900 horses, dancing horse guards and equestrian performances. And of course among the performers was the 45-member Republic of Fiji Military Forces Brass Band. They were spectacular. The double-hull canoe, Adi Eta, which was showcased over the four nights was a show-stopper. Many Fijians who watched the live show on iTV in the UK proudly took videos and posted it on social media platforms. Behind the scenes, the band faced a number of challenges. Two days after arriving in the UK, they did not receive their musical instruments. This finally came through after customs clearance. The cold weather was a minor set-back. Team leader, Lieutenant-Colonel Serevi Vananalagi, said it was hectic. But they had accomplished their mission. The smile on the Queen’s face after their performance was enough. Joji Marau, the designer and builder of the double hull canoe puts it aptly: “I am glad the Fiji Delegation performance in the final and main event last night at the main arena and in Windsor Castle was well acknowledged by Her Majesty the Queen.”
The invitation to perform in Windsor is the first for the RFMF. They are normally invited to the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – which the RFMF brass band will attend in August. No doubt they will do Fiji proud once more!
Fiji was among nations to feature in a star-studded celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday at the the grounds of Windsor Castle.