6 June 2012
Able Musician Fraser McGregor Robertson performs with the RNZN Band during the Samoan 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations in Apia on 1 June 2012.
Royal New Zealand Navy Able Musician Fraser Robertson has just returned from Samoa, where the Navy Band performed to support the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations on 1 June 2012.
Fraser plays the tuba, which he learned at Te Awamutu College, and the 18 year old has been a member of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Band for only three months.
He travelled with twenty other members of the RNZN Band to Samoa for the independence celebrations. They marched in the parade during the early morning, and then performed for the thousands of people in the crowd during the afternoon. They also took part in a float parade through the streets of Apia the following day.
It was Fraser’s first trip overseas with the Navy, although in his short time in the Band he has also performed at Waitangi and Napier for Art Deco weekend.
He joined the Navy so he could have a professional career in music, with the Band being one of the best opportunities for a career with the tuba.
Despite the challenges of marching and playing in the stifling heat of Samoa, Fraser says he has thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
"I was really proud to be representing the Navy, playing to an international crowd. The local people really appreciated us being there on their special day, and I’m looking forward to more time overseas with the Band. I enjoy being in the military and I’m very proud to wear a uniform for my country."