The Indian Navy Symphonic Band presented an exhilarating performance at the Capt MN Mulla Auditorium, in Colaba Military Station, Mumbai on 22 November 2015. The band enthralled the audience with popular march music, Bollywood retro hits, Western Classical and a host of other forms of contemporary genres including fusion, film and folk music. Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command was the Chief Guest for the function.
The Indian Navy annually hosts a series of events to commemorate the Navy Day held on 4th Dec every year. The Symphonic Band concert was one of the events scheduled in the city during the Navy Week celebrations. The band comprised of 65 musicians. The specialty of the performance was the use of pure wind and percussion instruments. The band regaled the audience with a wide range of music, a special segment featuring some of the most popular tunes from the greatest musical of all times “The Sound of Music” and a medley that incorporation of various popular old hindi songs.
Children from Sankalp, a school for special children, run by the Navy Wives Welfare Association and Naval Children School also shared the stage amid appreciation and cheers from the audience.
The origin of the Indian Navy band dates back to 1945, when it was formed with a mere handful of Naval musicians. Since then the band has grown in size and repertoire. This repertoire includes stirring martial music, arrangement of symphonies, overtures, concertos, Indian Classical music, fusion, film and folk music.
The band performed under the baton of Cdr VC D’Cruz, Director of Music, Indian Navy.