20 Mar 2014

Navy band - Lieutenant Commander Owen Clark

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:12 pm on 20 March 2014

For the first time in 32 years, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band has released an album. And while the 30-strong band does not have plans to be on the billboard top 10, going into the studio has been a big learning experience. "He Waita Moana" or Ocean Songs is an ecclectic mix of traditional military music alongside a tribute to the soldiers of the First World War and even Puccini Opera. New Zealander Simon O'Neill, the principal tenor at New York's Metropolitan Opera joined the band in the studio for a few tracks. We talk to Lieutenant Commander Owen Clark, the navy's director of music and band conductor.