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“CNL Brass in Concert”: Sunday 9th August, 2020

This Concert was filled with uncertainty as to the ability to attract an audience (mainly Seniors) in the COVID-19 situation. Despite a limit on attendance (capacity of 300 reduced to 90) with social distancing requirements and adequate sanitising procedures in place, CNL Brass only entertained an audience of twenty-two. Band members were pleased to present the concert – the first for the year. It was certainly appreciated by the few who were present.

Bruce Fletcher, cornet and Doug Hoepper, flugelhorn, feature in Children of Sanchez

Eight numbers comprised the first half, with Julie Loveridge featuring on soprano cornet in an Anne Murray hit, You Needed Me. Children of Sanchez, from the movie of the same name, provided the opportunity for principal cornet Bruce Fletcher and flugel horn player Doug Hoepper to display their musical skill. Battle Hymn of the Republic, a well-known tune written in 1864, concluded the first half.

Joe Sandy, principal trombone, features in Europa

Eight numbers also comprised the second half, commencing with a traditional March, Sons of the Soil. Joe Sandy, principal trombone, featured in the arrangement of Europa, while Breezin’ Down Broadway was well-received. The medley of six No1 hits by Sir Tom Jones was the highlight of the second half.
The Concert concluded with Time to Say Goodbye, a tribute to the band’s principal euphonium, David Walker OAM, who passed away recently.

Vale David Walker OAM

David Walker OAM, principal euphonium of CNL Brass, passed away at home on Monday evening 29 June, 2020. Members of CNL Brass extend their sincere condolences to his wife Dorothy, his daughter Heather, the band’s percussionist and other members of David’s family.

Allan Shaw


CNL Brass

ANZAC Day 2020

The suggestion by the National RSL Executive that ANZAC Day be observed at home by family members holding a lighted candle at 6am in front of their homes and, where musicians were available, playing the bugle calls, received an enthusiastic response from many Australian families.

The following members of CNL Brass organised letter drops in their street, advising neighbours of their intention, at 6am on ANZAC morning, to:
Recite The Ode, play The Last Post, observe one minute’s silence and play Reveille,
Doug Hoepper: Garden Suburb
Bruce Fletcher: Mount Hutton
Jack Leckie: Coal Point
David Walker OAM: Warners Bay
Vic Mills: Belmont North
Bobby Paquet: Maryville
Phil Herron: Thornton
Marcus Holdsworth: Buchanan
This Remembrance was well-received by neighbours.

Jack Leckie invited Garry Highfield, trombone player (Kahibah Brass Band) and Brendon Jones, euphonium player (Newcastle PCYC Brass Band) to form a Trio. They included two traditional Hymns, the Recessional and Abide with Me, in the Service. Kevin Carter, a neighbour and Vietnam War Veteran, recited The Ode.

ANZAC Day 2020

Top Left: Jack Leckie, Garry Highfield and Brendon Jones; Top Right: Bruce Fletcher; Bottom: Vic Mills playing the Last Post, with neighbours

Both Jack and Bruce received Thank You cards from their neighbours for organising the Service. Other Band Members unable to play the bugle calls, stood in front of their homes in silent tribute.

Doug Hoepper also played the bugle calls for the Service held by Garden Suburb Nursing Home at 2.30pm on Friday 24 April.

Allan Shaw

Christmas Carols Ensembles: December, 2019

A Carols Ensemble of nine band members provided a one-hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes at three Bunnings Warehouse locations in the weeks before Christmas. The schedule was:

Saturday 7 December Bunnings, Wallsend at 11am and Bunnings, Kotara at 1.30pm

Saturday 14 December Bunnings Wallsend at 11am.

Although we did not have a “captured audience”, many shoppers paused for a while to listen and hopefully appreciate the program of traditional Christmas music being presented for their enjoyment

Bunnings is very supportive of Community Groups. A donation was received for each Ensemble performance and shoppers added to the situation with cash donations being “dropped in the bucket”.


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