Brass Band mem­bers to be badged

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: [email protected]­

Eigh­teen sailors who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted their three months train­ing will be badged to of­fi­cially be­come The Repub­lic of the Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) Navy Brass Band mem­bers

They will be badged at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Bar­racks by the RFMF Com­man­der Rear Ad­mi­ral Vil­iame Naupoto.

A re­lease by the RFMF Me­dia Cell said that the idea to form the band was ini­ti­ated on July 25, 2018, by Rear Ad­mi­ral Naupoto. RFMF Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Ma­jor Meli Buli­tiliva said one of the main rea­sons why Rear Ad­mi­ral Naupoto ini­ti­ated the move was to cush­ion the im­pact of the mil­i­tary en­gage­ments that the RFMF Band was un­der­tak­ing both lo­cally and abroad.

He said the idea was an ex­cel­lent one be­cause the RFMF Band at times had to can­cel many in­vi­ta­tions due to their busy and tight sched­ules.

The Com­man­der RFMF has also di­rected that some se­nior RFMF band mem­bers would be part of the new RFMF Naval Brass Band to as­sist in main­tain­ing the stan­dards of the RFMF.

RFMF Navy Com­man­der Cap­tain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake said 18 sailors went for train­ing with the RFMF Brass Band un­der the RFMF Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Ma­jor Meli Buli­tiliva. The RFMF Navy Brass Band, ac­cord­ing to Capt (Navy) Tawake, would be based at To­galevu. Cap­tain (Navy) Tawake said their own band would be used in all func­tions they would be en­gaged in. He said the band would also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in na­tional func­tions and events they were in­vited to. The band, he said, would also be a source of in­come to them

Photo: RFMF Me­dia Cell

The Repub­lic of the Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Navy Band with the RFMF Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Ma­jor Meli Buli­tiliva (fourth from left) at QEB Bar­racks.

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