The Naden Band helps celebrate bicentennial of the Chilean Navy

Navy News / December 5, 2018

The Naden Band is proudly representing the Royal Canadian Navy in the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Chilean Navy. The group, totalling 35 members, is presently in Renaca, where they have been busy brushing up on their latest tunes to add their musical talents to this keystone celebration.

Music is but one of the events for this group, as they have also been busy liaising with the Chilean Armada. “I am proud that we have been invited to honour this milestone anniversary for our partner navy,” says the Band’s Chief, Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Brayden Wise. “We are all very honoured and happy to be able to lend a distinct Canadian presence to such a pivotal event in Chile’s naval history.”

The band’s official events started on November 24, 2018, when they were welcomed on board the Chilean frigate Almirante Blanco Encalada. The band also toured the historical Naval Museum of Chile located in the hills of Valparaiso, which overlooks the fleet and Chilean Naval Base. Their second visit was to the Torquemada Air Base in Concon, where the musicians were shown some Chilean air power. They also were treated to a demonstration of Canadian technology at work in South America during a demonstration of submerged helicopter escape training for Chilean pilots.

Later the Naden Band was warmly welcomed by the Chilean Marines at the Aguayo Marine Base, where the Chileans put on an impressive showcase of their weaponry and technical expertise. Tanks, field artillery and mountain and dive experts from the 51 Chilean Marine Brigade were on hand for the Canadian visit.

The Naden Band will perform live with the Chilean Navy and the Royal Marine Band of the Royal Navy in four major events during the first week of December. Until then, they will be working on their best material and sharpest drill to be in fine form for the big events which are expected to draw thousands, including the president of Chile and the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.