The Royal Australian Navy's Beat to Quarters & Ceremonial Sunset will be performed by the Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland, and will be conducted by Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Andrew Stapleton.
The Ceremonial Sunset is derived from amongst the oldest of Naval ceremonies, dating back centuries to the age of sail. Originally, the ship's drums were beaten as a call for the Ships' company to man the Quarters, or Action Stations, when battle was imminent. Ceremonial Sunset reflects the worldwide Naval tradition of saluting the lowering of the Ensign at sunset each day in ships in harbour and shore establishments.
About The Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland
The Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland, under the direction of the current Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Andrew Stapleton, comprises of approximately 20 part-time musicians and continues to promote and enhance Navy’s image to the people of Queensland through the Band’s performances at public events and ceremonial occasions. The Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland provides community support and entertainment through its variety of ensembles, including a Stage Band, Rock Group, Parade Band and Jazz Ensemble. The repertoire ranges from timeless Jazz Standards and traditional marches through to popular songs and tunes of recent times.