Longtime Naden band director hangs up baton

Lt. Rob Byrne replaced by Sub.-Lt. Matthew Clark

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band is playing to the tune of a different director.

After more than seven years as the band’s music director, Lt. Rob Byrne is passing his baton to Sub.-Lt. Matthew Clark on Monday (Oct. 3) during a ceremony at CFB Esquimalt.

Clark plays the euphonium (a valved brass instrument), and his musical experience includes supervising the leadership development of military music instructors at the Borden, Ont. base.

Byrne, who said a career highlight was participating in the navy’s centennial celebration last year, is retiring after 30 years in the Canadian Forces.