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Musical instruments donated to Timor-Leste Defence Force

LT CDR Keith Anderson (Director RNZN Music), CAPT Leanne Smith (Director of NZ Army Music) and SQNLDR Owen Clarke (Director of RNZAF Music) with instruments to be gifted to the Timor Leste Defence Force
Directors of Music, LT CDR Keith Anderson (Navy), CAPT Leanne Smith (Army) and SQNLDR Owen Clarke (Air Force) with instruments to be gifted to the Timor Leste Defence Force. (WN09-0066-01).

10 March 2009

Responding to a request from the F-FDTL (Falantil -Forca de Defesa de Timor Lorosae), the New Zealand Defence Force’s three Directors of Music have agreed to donate a dozen musical instruments to the Timor-Leste Defence Force. The instruments donated include drums, a tuba, a trumpet, a euphonium, a flugel horn and a trombone.

As part of their rebuilding phase post-Independence in 2002, the F-FDTL has decided to form a military band. The band's role will be primarily ceremonial but it is expected to do much more for the hearts and minds of the Timorese people. With no national orchestra or similar, the band is expected to become an integral part of the Timor Leste culture.

During 2008, when NZ Army Officer Major Julie Richardson was an NZDF advisor to F-FDTL in Timor Leste, she received a request for any surplus instruments the NZDF might be able to send. The instruments being sent are still in good working order but were due for replacement in a few years in the respective single Service bands.

The Directors of Music from the three Services said they were glad that they could give the  F-FDTL "something to start them off".  In the future NZDF personnel hope to follow up with advice on structure, music, and training.


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