The Μusic band of the Hellenic Navy began its operation in April 1879. This is confirmed by reports in newspapers during that period stating that a band was formed on the warship “HELLAS” consisting of 35 musicians.
In October 1879, the newly built liner “ADMIRAL MIAOULIS” sailed to Greece, resulting in the coexistence of two groups of musicians on warships.
It is worth mentioning that the first trip of the Music band abroad took place in Malta, in November 1879. There, the band on the ship “HELLAS” held a concert in the central square of Valletta receiving very positive comments. An important milestone in its history constituted its participation in the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896.
During the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, the Music band followed the Fleet aboard the Battleship “PSARA”.
In 1911 the acquisition of the Armored Cruiser “GEORGIOS AVEROF” led to the Music band settling in it. For a long time since then, the history of the band was inextricably linked with the glorious history of “AVEROF”. During the period of the Balkan wars 1912-1913 and the operations of the period 1919-1922, the Music band on board “AVEROF” followed the Fleet and with its presence animated and entertained the crews and the populations of the areas where the Fleet was active.
In 1926, the Navy Band, the first of all Greek military Bands, presented in its official performances a member of staff of European standards, who directed and gave orders under the instructions of the Chief Musician. Within the same year, the band once again pioneered the performance of precision formations, again according to the standards of the European Military Bands. Its innovations continued in 1934, with the acquisition of a goat as a “mascot”, which followed the band in its performances “dressed” in a naval uniform.
In April 1941, after the collapse of the Front, the Music of “AVEROF” followed the exile of the Fleet in the Middle East, participating in the adventurous escape of the legendary “AVEROF”.
Among other things, the band’s participation in the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, as well as in the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics held at the Panathenaic Stadium in 2011, was notable.
So far the PN Band has performed in many parts of Greece as well as in the United States of America, France, Switzerland, Holland, Korea, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Malta, Egypt, Russia, Bulgaria and Montenegro. It has also appeared in several music TV shows, as well as in movies.