by Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby
After three years of seeking assistance to purchase sets of instruments for the PNG Defence Force Band, the British High Commission has intervened.
Through the United Kingdom Attaché to PNG based in Canberra, Australia, the sets of instrument were presented to PNGDF Hierarchy.
Apart from the band instrument, PNG Defence Force also have long–standing partnership with the UK Defence Force.
The military band of the PNG Defence Force is part and partial of the development agenda as it embarks on various capability platforms.
In the presence of the British Deputy High Commissioner to PNG, Rebecca Brett, and PNG Defence Force Commander, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, the presentation was made.
UK Defence Advisor to PNG, Commodore Richard Powell, said the British military were heavily involved in relief assistance in the region and the donation was only the start of more assistance from the UK army to PNG.
His counterpart, PNG Defence Force Commander Brigadier Gilbert Toropo, was pleased that the assistance was timely given the fact that PNG has important events lined up.
Since 2012, the army band has been using old instruments which have deteriorated over time. However, the sight of the new ones has boosted the morale of the band members.
PNG Defence Band Platoon Commander for Murray Barracks, Captain Niki Aina, said there are two band groups within the PNG Defence Force, one at Murray Barracks and the other one is based at Moem barracks in Wewak.
In preparations for upcoming international events, they will combine practice sessions.
It’s anticipated that by the time APEC is on, the PNG Defence Force will have a well-trained band to perform during the opening ceremony.