Air Force Rock Band plays at the Royal Darwin Show

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Rock Band has marked its first ever Northern Territory performance after taking to the stage at the Royal Darwin show.

The 27 July performance was part of community engagement activities with the Darwin community in the lead up to Exercise Pitch Black 18.

RAAF Band Executive Officer and Music Director, Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Daniel Phillips, said he and the band members saw the performance as an opportunity to give back to the people of Darwin.

“The support of the local community here in the Northern Territory is so important to the conduct of Exercise Pitch Black and Air Force in general,” he said.

“We’re really excited we can come along to an event like this and offer up some rock ‘n’ roll as a small ‘thank you’.”

The new eight-member iteration of the RAAF Rock Band was only fully formed about six weeks ago when the final member, female vocalist, Aircraftwoman Samantha Morley, joined the band. 

Since then FLTLT Philips said the group has gone from strength to strength.

“They’ve really been under the pump to get their two set lists up and running in time,” FLTLT Phillips said. 

“It’s been really impressive to see them go from zero to 100 to bring this fantastic professional show together today.”

From here the RAAF Rock Band travels to Batchelor to perform for the local community on Monday 30 July 2018.

“We love coming up to the Northern Territory, the people are so welcoming and friendly no matter where you go in the NT. 

“We can’t wait to get back out there and get the folks of Batchelor up out of their seats and dancing along.”

The Rock Band forms part of the larger RAAF Band which is made up of nine performance groups including the Jazz, Ceremonial, Concert, and Big Bands as well several smaller groups, quartets, and quintets.

By FLGOFF Monique Lonsdale

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Check out the Exercise Pitch Black website here: https://www.airforce.gov.au/exercises/pitch-black