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|Navy Day Band Concert At Mulla Auditorium|
The origin of magnificent ensemble called IN Central Band dates back to 1945, when a mere handful of Indian Naval musicians decided, quite quixotically, to ‘tilt at windmills’ and venture bravely into, what were then, somewhat uncharted waters. Amongst the better known of the Orchestra’s international renditions between independence and the turn of the Century are those in the United Kingdom during the Queen’s Coronation in June 1953; in Japan during EXPO-07 in April 1970; in the USA, in July 1986, to mark the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty; in Australia for the Bicentennial Celebrations held in January 1988; and, in Malaysia in 1990, during the International Fleet Review of the Royal Malaysian Navy. As the world rolled into the new millennium, the year 2000 found the band performing to thunderous applause in the USA, in participative celebration of the International Fleet Review held by the great maritime nation. Similarly, Tokyo, in September of 2002, resonated to both orchestral and military renditions by the Orchestra, which was stellar attraction in Japan’s International Fleet Review. Closer home, the UAE swayed to the captivating tunes of this much-loved orchestra as it performed during the International Defence Exhibition in March 2003. The summer of 2005 was a busy period for the Indian Navy Band, as it regaled audiences in Modena (Italy) and Albertville (France) during the back-to-back International Music Festivals held in these exotic locals, before finishing with a flourish in London in July of 2005, where it stood shoulder to shoulder with the best British Military Bands in the UK’s International Fleet Review. In Apr 2006, performing at the International Trade Fair in Germany, this musical agglomerate led all of Hanover to a foot-tapping and foot-tapping celebration of Spring. On July 14, 2009, the resplendent Indian Navy Band proudly led the Indian marching contingent down the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, as part of the Bastille Day Parade. As recently as in December of 2010, the orchestra set hearts pumping and feet tapping in Colombo, as it delighted connoisseurs and novices alike during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Sri Lanka Navy.