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Reminiscences Of Life In The RFMF Band: 37-year Veteren

Aisea Molia can still remember the first time he played in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces band. It was 37 years ago. He played the trumpet and the baritone
21 Sep 2017 10:00
Reminiscences Of Life In The RFMF Band: 37-year Veteren
Maggie Cakau takes a selfie as the RFMF band perform a march during the Centennial Celebration in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Aisea Molia can still remember the first time he played in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces band.

It was 37 years ago. He played the trumpet and the baritone horn.

“I remember studying at the RFMF Band music school and we were trained and once we got to know the high level of knowing about the instruments, we were moved to the main band,” the 57-year-old said.

The retired Warrant Officer Class 1 was part of the RFMF Centennial Celebrations in Lautoka yesterday.

Listening to the band playing in the streets of the Sugar City brought back many memories which Mr Molia shared.

“I learnt discipline; respect and the band taught me a lot about interaction with public.”

He added that once he was part of the band he had to be upfront as people would approach him and ask him questions about musical instruments and about the life of a soldier.

“Many times I was approached by Prime Ministers, politicians and senior citizens of the country.

“I was approached by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles even spoke to me.

“The military life has given me a disciplined life that I adhere to till today even after retiring.”

Of the celebrations Mr Molia, who is from Rotuma, said: “This is a proud moment for me as I was part of the RFMF Band for 37 years.

“Since I have retired, I now engage in community work and helping people.”

Mr Molia joined RFMF on December 3, 1979 and retired on January 15, 2015.

He said that he had travelled with the RFMF Band to Lebanon, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, and England.

 

Best memory

Mr Molia said: “During my service the memories that I will cherish is going with the band overseas, travelling around showcasing Fiji to the world and the discipline we have in the RFMF.”

He also said that his best memory was in Scotland where they were part of the famous Edinburgh military tattoo there.

“We could hardly enter the military tattoo in Scotland but we were invited and it was an honour to participate.

“This year, we are bringing the military tattoo to Fiji for the first time during our 100 year celebration this December in Suva which will be the climax of this celebration.”

 

Commercial band

Meanwhile, Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said: “RFMF Band in the near future can be commercialised and venture into the local music industry.

“Today here in Lautoka, we celebrate the very essence of the Fijian People our national pride and our traditional resilience as we commemorate a century of history that the RFMF Brass Band has left in the wheel of time.”

The culmination of the celebrations will be in Suva in December.  Six overseas military bands will participate in what is expected to be a spectacular Military Tattoo which will be a first for Fiji.



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