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Air Force Band jazzes up Darwin

By Katie Weiss

RAAF Air Force Band comes to CDU. From left: Flight Sergeant Ben van den Akker, CDU music student Angie Datseres and Corporal Ralph Whiteoak RAAF Air Force Band comes to CDU. From left: Flight Sergeant Ben van den Akker, CDU music student Angie Datseres and Corporal Ralph Whiteoak

Darwin music students have had the rare opportunity of attending a workshop run by jazz masters from the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Air Force Band Jazz Group performed catchy numbers to an audience of Charles Darwin University students and staff, and high school students at the event on Casuarina campus.

The Centre for Youth and Community Music at CDU invited the band to run the workshop and then perform in a concert at sunset on campus.

Professional singer and CDU Bachelor of Arts and Creative Industries (Music) student, Angie Datseres (stage name, “Angie Sublime”) said it was a wonderful opportunity for music students to see such professional musicians perform.

“Their level of musicianship and the length of time they have played together are what make this jazz group so tight,” Ms Datseres said.  “It was such an enjoyable experience.”

Members of the band included Corporals Jeff Vague and Ralph Whiteoak on saxophone, Leading Aircraftman Andrew Hammon on trombone, Corporal Greg Gear on piano, Flight Sergeant Barry Ramage on bass and Flight Sergeant Ben van den Akker on drums.