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Band Association of New South Wales Long Service Awards

Four current members of CNL Brass were recently presented with Long Service Badges. This foursome represents a total of one hundred and ninety years of dedicated service with Band Association of New South Wales bands.

Standing; Left to right

Bruce Fletcher, Principal Cornet. Recipient of a Forty Year Service Badge.

Heather Walker, Percussionist. Recipient of a Thirty Year Service Badge.

Arthur Howard, Bass Trombone. Recipient of a Sixty Year Service Badge.

Seated

David Walker OAM, Principal Euphonium. Recipient of a Sixty Year Service Badge.

David and Heather are a father and daughter combination. All players over the years have been members of various bands. David is currently the President of CNL Brass.

“From The Masters To Bond” Concert: Sunday 7th April 2019

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass as the band entertains

The Concert opened with The Dambusters March from the 1955 movie of the same name. My Way followed, being a well-known hit for the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. The rock and roll number Proud Mary, a number one hit for Ike and Tina Turner, provided a lively contrast. Three Klezmer Miniatures, a medley of three Jewish folk songs, had audience appeal, particularly the last of the three, Hava Nagila, which is always popular, with its slow start and very lively finish. The number Sway, popular in the forties with dance bands, did cause the audience to sway to the tune. Homage to Pharoah, a more serious number, provided contrasting styles in the arrangement, commencing with a fanfare, featuring different sections of the band, having some quiet moments and finishing with a crescendo. The first half closed with the foot-tapping number, The Floral Dance, composed 108 years ago and still having great audience appeal.

Marcus Holdsworth features on trombone

Aces High, the well-known march from the musical score of the 1969 film, The Battle of Britain, opened the second half of the Concert. Jupiter’s Theme, from The Planets Suite, by Gustav Holst, provided a calming contrast to Aces High. The real challenge for the band came next, with the performance of the classical From The New World Symphony, the most popular of Antonin Dvorak’s nine symphonies. It was well-received. Georg Friedrich Handel’s slow march, March In Scipio, composed in 1725 and chosen as the Slow March by the British Grenadier Guards, retained the interest of the audience, as did another of Handel’s compositions, the slow and stately Sarabande. Marcus Holdsworth, principal trombonist, then led the band with the lively Spanish dance number, Roberto’s Bolero. A medley of numbers from the ever popular James Bond 007 movies, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and The James Bond Theme, almost concluded the Program, but sustained applause resulted in the band playing an encore number Y.M.C.A. The refrain, repeated five times in the arrangement, gave the audience the opportunity to “get involved”, forming the letters Y, M, C, A with arm movements above their heads.

CNL Brass enjoyed presenting the Concert and, by their response with applause for each item, the audience enjoyed it as well.

Christmas Carols Ensembles: December 2018

CNL Brass Carols Ensemble entertain at Wallsend Bunnings

A Carols Ensemble of eight band members provided a one hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes at the family promotion evening at Bunnings Boolaroo on 6 December 2018. The Ensemble greeted Santa with Jingle Bells as he arrived on a fire engine to be greeted by the many children present.

The Ensemble also entertained with a one hour Program at Wallsend Bunnings on Saturday morning 15 December and proceeded to Bunnings Kotara to continue promoting the “Musical Christmas Spirit” in the afternoon.

“Christmas in Brass” Concert: Sunday 9th December 2018

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

CNL Brass entertain at the Christmas in Brass Concert

The Concert opened with the March Christmas Joy, a composition of popular Christmas tunes set to a “marching beat”. The first half featured the composition by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Happy Christmas – War is Over. Originally written as a protest song about the Vietnam War, it has been “adopted” as a popular Christmas tune. The audience joined in with the singing of O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The band included the delightful St Florian Choral, composed by Thomas Doss as a tribute to the famous Austrian Composer, Anton Bruckner, who was his tutor at the St Florian Convent in Austria. Even though it was composed in 1920, In a Persian Market was appealing to the audience with it very lively beat, as was the contrasting German Carol Ich Steh Diener Krippen Hier (I’m Standing By Your Crib). White Christmas provided a pleasant ending to the first half.

The second half opened with An Australian Christmas (a special request) by the Australian composer William G James. This is a Suite of three Movements, of which two, Carol of the Birds and The Silver Stars were featured. A new arrangement for flugel horn of Away in a Manger, played at the 2017 Christmas Concert for the first time, was also included in the Program and played by Doug Hoepper. The audience joined in again to sing along to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The most popular number of the second half was Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz). This arrangement, with prompting by the Emcee, saw the audience, from time to time, join hands and sway from side to side, as well tapping their feet to the beat. The second half concluded with Georg Friedrich Handel’s For Unto Us.

In all, twenty numbers were presented to the audience who, by their applause, indicated that this Christmas in Brass program was an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment.

 

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