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Combined Band Rehearsal Today for Military Tattoo

Combined Band Rehearsal Today for Military Tattoo
Former RFMF Band vocalist Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Rabici Logavatu Vuikadavu (second front left) practices with the RFMF Band. Photo: RFMF Band
December 01
11:02 2017

There will be a combined re­hearsal for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Band Military Tattoo and Centennial Celebrations at the Queen Eliza­beth Barrack’s (QEB) ground at Nabua today.

Centennial Celebrations chair­man Commander (Navy) Lepani Vaniqi said all the three bands – the RFMF, Fiji Police and the National Youth Band would be present.

This, he said, would be the first rehearsal and it would give them an idea on their preparation for the historic event.

Next week he said they would be carrying out two rehearsals a day.


“From Monday to Thursday we will have the first rehearsal from nine to 12 and in the night from 7pm to 9pm at the ANZ Stadium,” he said.

He said lights had arrived for their night rehearsals and should be in­stalled at the stadium this week.

He said for the Tattoo, a total of 400 soldiers and sailors, would be involved.

On Thursday Commander Vaniqi said they would put on a full dress rehearsal for students in special homes.

“The RFMF will bring children from St Christopher’s Home, Dilkusha Home and Veilomani Home in Ba on the eve of the Mili­tary Tattoo,” he said.

Arrangements are being made for the children to be brought to the ANZ Stadium.

“They will be given a special screening of the show and treated like VIPs,” he said.

Commander Vaniqi said this was part of the community work which they started in August.

The RFMF Band, he said, always had a special place for these chil­dren and they wanted them to be part of RFMF Band history as well.

The RFMF Band Military Tattoo and Centennial Celebrations start at 3pm on December 6, with local bands kicking off the show.

Grandstand tickets are $30, temporary seating $25 and grass embankment $15. Tickets can be bought from in front of ANZ Bank along Victoria Parade and RFMF Strategic Headquarters at Berkely Crescent in Suva.

WO1 Vuikadavu helps RFMF Band prepare

Former Republic of Fiji Military Forces Band vocalist Warrant Offic­er Class One Rabici Logavatu Vui­kadavu is helping the RFMF Band prepare the major event next week.

“I cannot hold myself back when asked to help,” the 69-year-old said.

He was one of the original mem­bers of the Queen Elizabeth Bar­racks Serenaders, a spinoff group from the RFMF Band.

The QEB Serenaders were formed by Mr Vuikadavu, Luke Tamani, Timoci Cabenauli, Laisa Rokodre­ga, Peniyasi Nagudrunidoi, Eroni Koroivuki and Jale Daucakacaka as a past time hobby.

Mr Vuikadavu said the QEB Ser­enaders came together after the group, who bunked together, start­ed humming tunes in barracks as they polished boots and got ready for the next day.

He said when he was asked to be part of the Military Tattoo and Centennial Celebration this year, he had to be a part of it.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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