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WORLD NEWS 17
Army September 1, 2011
AS A tiny island nation in the
middle of the Pacific Ocean, the
Kingdom of Tonga is about as far
away from England as it is possi-
ble to be. Yet Tonga's King George
Tupou V celebrated his birthday on
August 1 in the finest of British tra-
ditions, with a spectacular birthday
parade and military tattoo.
Australian Army Band Kapooka
and the United States Marine Corps
Forces Pacific Band (Hawaii) joined
more than 200 Tongan Defence Service
(TDS) personnel in the festivities.
With colours flying and massed
bands playing, the TDS paraded in
a highly disciplined and professional
display that would not have been out
of place in the grounds of Buckingham
In keeping with his love for all
things British, King Tupou V was
received on the parade in his official
vehicle -- a London black cab.
Quentin Bryce, was the reviewing
officer for the parade and the Kingdom
of Tonga Military Tattoo 2011 was
also part of the birthday celebrations.
AAB Kapooka performed a selec-
tion of well-known Australian tunes
from Waltzing Matilda to Land Down
Under and Khe Sanh.
However, it was the rendition of the
Tongan haka by WO2 Ray Hingston,
and Musns Scott McCormick and
Kaid Normington that brought down
OC AAB-K Maj Peter Thomas
said while the band's musical prowess
impressed, its haka provided the com-
edy for the evening.
"Somehow, three skinny white
guys performing the haka wasn't con-
vincing," he said.
"But it was enough to bring the
house down in uncontrollable laughter
and earned the band a rare acknowl-
edgment from His Majesty, who
enjoyed AAB-K's professionalism and
sense of humour."
Maj Thomas said the visit to Tonga
did have a serious side and the band
helped maintain relations between
Tonga and Australia.
"It was exciting to see that despite
its size and limited facilities, the TDS
was a well-trained, disciplined and
Maj Thomas said the trip was also
a chance to renew acquaintances, as
many of the TDS musicians were
trained at the Australian Defence
Force's School of Music.
Best of British traditions
Banding together: The massed bands of Tonga's Royal Corps of Musicians, AAB Kapooka and the
USMC Forces Pacific Band rehearse for HM King Tupou V's birthday parade in front of the palace (above)
and Drum Majors WO2 Ray Hingston and SSgt Brad Rehrig congratulate each other after a successful
mass band performance during the Kingdom of Tonga Military Tattoo 2011 (right).
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