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Cardiff North Lakes Brass

CNL Brass is a community band. It was formed in 1973. It rehearses at Cardiff (a suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales) under the baton of Musical Director, Ron Boaden. Its members range in age from fifteen years to eighty years.

The band supports community events, marching in festival parades and entertaining with concert performances. It has led the annual Wallsend Winter Fair Parade since it began twenty-eight years ago and has provided a concert program after the Parade to entertain those in attendance. It is a popular fair. Wallsend is a suburb of Newcastle.

It also entertains developmentally disabled members of the community, supporting in particular, an organization known as Crossroads, which organises weekly entertainment for its disabled members. CNL Brass has supported Crossroads for thirty-eight years.

CNL Brass provided the entertainment for another volunteer organization called Head Start in October 2009 and 2010, as its members ended a fundraising walk. Head Start provides support for persons that have suffered brain injuries, mainly as a result of accidents.

CNL Brass has a major commitment to ANZAC Day. It supported the Belmont RSL Sub Branch March, Service and Concert entertainment for 33 years until the band was no longer required in 2013. It continues to provide music for the Dawn Service conducted by Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch, having commenced this support in 1978. In 2013 the band supported the Stockton RSL Sub Branch March, Service and Concert entertainment. It will continue to support Stockton RSL Sub-Branch for as long as it is invited.

It has been a regular participant in the Hunter Regional Band Association’s annual Bands in the Park entertainment day for more than twenty years. The event is held in Newcastle’s well-known King Edward Park in November each year. It is non-competitive and free for the community to attend. Eight to ten bands participate in the event.

The band has presented concert programs in support of community radio station 2NURfm 103.7 in its fundraising efforts. The Secretary of the band and Horn player, Geoff McGregor, presents a weekly thirty-minute program—Brass Encounters—on the station, featuring the best in Brass Band Music, past and present.

CNL Brass also presents concerts in its own right, inviting guest artists and other music groups to perform with the band.

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