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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
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Navy Bands to Drum Up Crowds in Sydney
Navy band
Royal Australian Navy Band Qld Detachment Will Perform Around Sydney


You may think that the Fleet Review this October is all about visiting ships, but what you may not know is that Sydney will also be host to visiting Navy Bands. Lucky visitors and residents of Sydney will be able to hear eight naval bands from 30 September until the 8th of October. The bands will include six of Australia's own Permanent and Reserve Naval Bands, as well as the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and the Royal New Zealand Navy Band.

These days military bands are extremely versatile, and you will be able to hear military bands, swing bands, rock bands, brass quintets and sax ensembles in addition to the traditional marching bands.

The bands will perform in a variety of venues around Sydney. Pitt Street Mall will see performances on Monday 30 Sept to Wednesday 2nd October around lunch time, while shoppers in the Hornsby Mall are also in for a lunch time treat on Monday 30 September.

The Queen Victoria building will resonate with music during lunch times, with performances on 30th September and 1 October. Bondi Pavilion will also come alive from 12-2pm on Monday 30 September.

Lucky commuters on the Manly Ferries may also hear performances from some of the smaller ensembles as they travel to work on the 1-4 October. Manly Corso, Church Street Mall in Parramatta, Bondi Junction Mall and the Chatswood Mall will all host lunch time concerts on the 1st October.

On Tuesday 2nd October, First Fleet Park and Brett Whitely Place in North Sydney will all host lunch time performances, and the New Zealand band will give a performance from 12:30 until 1:30 in St Andrew's Cathedral.

Opera House
The Opera House Will Host Performances


Martin Place will ring with the sounds of bands from 3 Oct through to the 5th Oct, and the Maritime Museum will host bands on 3 Oct. The Opera House will also take on a Nautical air with performances on 4th and 5th October, while Darling Harbour will be a real treat for visitors, with performances on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th of October.

On the 5th October there will be bands out and about everywhere, with performances at The Rocks and Bradfield Park, while on Sunday 6th the Manly Jazz Festival will be a treat for everyone, with performances from a number of the bands throughout the day.

To hear all of the bands perform, make sure you're in the crowd watching the parade on Wednesday 9th October when at 12:30 the entire company of visiting ships and bands will march through the streets of Sydney City.

IFR App
The IFR App Details All Performances


For a full list of who will be performing and where, head to the International Fleet Review Website or download the App from the iTunes Store or from Google Play so that you don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to hear performances from some of the best musicians in the world.
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Why? Hear some of the best military bands from Australia and the World
When: Varied performance times thoughout the IFR.
Where: Sydney
Cost: Free
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