Navy musician plays new tune after 23 years

Lieutenant Daniel Hobson was promoted to maritime logistics officer. Photo: Private Olivia Cameron

Navy musician plays new tune after 23 years

When Lieutenant Daniel Hobson joined the Navy, he had no idea that 23 years later he would be changing tack in his career from senior musician to maritime logistics officer.

Lieutenant Hobson joined the Navy Band in October 1996 after studying music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

“At recruiting I discovered the Navy Band, auditioned successfully and haven’t regretted it since,” Lieutenant Hobson said. 

After initial training, Lieutenant Hobson posted to Navy Band Sydney, where he stayed from Seaman through to Petty Officer Musician.

Throughout his career, Lieutenant Hobson progressed with his last position at the Directorate of Music as the band operations officer. 

“Initially I was a performer on clarinets and bari sax and then I developed skills in audio engineering,” Lieutenant Hobson said. 

“As a senior sailor I have been able to lead teams on various tasks, such as operational and sea deployments, as well as a range of domestic tasking all over the country,” he said.

During his career, Lieutenant Hobson deployed a number of times – in HMAS Torrens, on operational deployments to the Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and multiple trips to the Middle East. 

Lieutenant Hobson’s last performance with the band was during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney last year as the drum major of the Defence Force’s combined military band. 

He was promoted to Lieutenant Maritime Logistics Officer earlier this month and was fondly farewelled by his band members. 

Lieutenant Hobson said he was ready for a career change. 

“I have thought of doing more with my Navy career for a number of years,” Lieutenant Hobson said. 

“I have achieved and experienced much of what a Navy musician can. 

“I think there are a number of commonalities between logistics and organising musicians.

“My previous positions have required the organisation of personnel and equipment in order to achieve band tasking.

“I think this will be a good introduction to the role of a maritime logistics officer.

“I am excited to learn new skills as Navy takes on a range of new assets and capabilities. I look forward to being part of that.”

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