Royal New Zealand Artillery Band

Australian television viewers are in for a bit of a surprise if they read the credits of a forthcoming episode of their popular TV series ‘Underbelly’.   They will see that the band in the background playing their iconic tune ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is none other than our own Band of The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery.

The Band was contacted late last year via their website by the programme’s producers for permission to feature the band’s recording of ‘Waltzing Matilda’, which was made in the mid-1980s.   Three members of the current band, Vic Holmes (euphonium), Bruce Sinton (tenor horn) and David Leslie (Eb tuba) played in that recording.   The actual version can be heard on YouTube.  The episode will be shown in New Zealand in due course.