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“The World of Brass” Concert: 21st May 2017

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

CNL Brass entertain the audience

CNL Brass entertain the audience

This Concert provided the audience with a variety of musical styles and opened with Fanfare of the Prairie, a number written specially for the founding musical director of the Fairy Brass Band in Illinois. The March Emblem of the Army by Australian composer Arhur Gullidge (deceased) followed. The audience related well to Hello Dolly, from the stage show of the same name, while I Will Follow Him, a hit from the movie Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg, featured the Trombone Section. The brass band arrangement of If provided Alison Tonkin with the opportunity to display her talent on tenor horn. The first half included eight numbers. It concluded with The Shipbuilders Suite, consisting of four Movements, a composition by Peter Yorke. This was included as a tribute to the Newcastle ship building industry.

Let’s Face the Music and Dance, an Irving Berlin number from the 1936 movie Follow the Fleet, was a bright opening to the second half. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Changes Everything from the stage musical Aspects of Love was the highlight of this half, particularly as it followed as a contrast to the well known and moving The Irish Blessing. Rivers of Babylon saw the audience come to life with a little “body bouncing” to the rhythm of the arrangement. The eighth and final number of this half brought back memories of the era of “Rock and Roll” with Johnny O Keefe’s Shout.

ANZAC Day: 25th April, 2017

Dawn Service: CNL Brass supported Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch by providing the music for the Dawn Service. The bugle calls were played by Joanne McDougall, our soprano cornet player, on a “vintage” bugle. Three Hymns were included in the Service, namely, The Recessional, Lead Kindly Light and Abide With Me, together with the Anthems of both Australia and New Zealand.

CNL Brass has been supporting this Dawn Service since 1974.

Morning Service:

CNL Brass playing at the Stockton RSL Sub Branch 2017 ANZAC Day Morning Service

CNL Brass playing at the Stockton RSL Sub Branch 2017 ANZAC Day Morning Service

CNL Brass supported Stockton RSL Sub Branch. This involved a one kilometre March to the ANZAC Memorial. The March commenced at 8.30am. The Service commenced at approximately 9am, and included the Hymn Abide with Me. David Walker, principal euphonium, but also a cornet player, was the Bugler for the Last Post and Reveille. The Service also included both the Australian and New Zealand Anthems. The Sub Branch arranged for a flyover by a vintage Wirraway during the Service.

Christmas in Brass Concert: 18th December, 2016

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

CNL Brass entertain at the Christmas in Brass Concert

CNL Brass entertain at the Christmas in Brass Concert

It was a delightful Christmas Musical Occasion, with a selection of mainly traditional Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes providing the audience with the opportunity to embrace the “Christmas Spirit”. Two Special Selections were also featured, one in each half. In all, twenty-one numbers were presented.

The Concert opened with the March Born is the King, the arrangement including segments of several well-known Carols. The highlight of the first half was Concertpiece for Cornet, a composition by James Curnow, written specifically for Paul Muff junior, Principal Cornet for the Swiss A Grade Brass Band Burgermusic Luzern. Clarence Leung featured as the Soloist on cornet and gave a splendid performance, receiving sustained applause at the conclusion of the number.

Clarence Leung features on solo cornet, playing "Concertpiece for Cornet"

Clarence Leung features on solo cornet, playing “Concertpiece for
Cornet”

Merry Christmas Darling was appealing and what would a Christmas Concert be without the inclusion of Rudolph, The Red Nose Reindeer. The audience sang along to The First Noel and the concluding first half number Jingle Bells.

The second half opened with the traditional and rousing Hallelujah Chorus, and provided opportunities for the audience to sing along again to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and Deck the Halls. As a special tribute to the Salvation Army, whose members provide particular support for families in need during the Festive Season, the composition by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Fire in the Blood, was featured. Paul wrote it for the 120th Anniversary of the Salvation Army International Staff Band. The composition includes Lord You Know That We Love You, which featured Principal Cornet Bruce Fletcher and You and I Love You Lord, which featured Bruce again and Principal Euphonium David Walker. Fire in the Blood received enthusiastic applause.

David Walker features on euphonium, playing "Merry Christmas Darling"

David Walker features on euphonium, playing “Merry Christmas
Darling”

The John Lennon and Yoko Ono composition Happy Christmas-War is Over was a popular inclusion, as was Mary’s Boy Child.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas, the closing number, conveyed the message of goodwill to an appreciative audience.

Christmas Function: 14th December, 2016

The evening saw the band entertain family members and friends with a thirty minute concert of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes.

Musical Director Dave Thompson had the pleasure of presenting three Perpetual Trophies, which have been awarded annually since 1993. The recipients were:

Teeena Wallace- Solo Cornet and Assistant Musical Director: Elwyn Hunt Bandsmanship Trophy

Ken Duck- 2nd Baritone: Alan Meldrum Most Improved Trophy.

Jack Leckie- 2nd Cornet: Jim Adams Encouragement Trophy

Jack Leckie receives the Jim Adams Encouragement Perpetual Trophy from musical director Dave Thompson. 14 December 2016.

Jack Leckie receives the Jim Adams Encouragement Perpetual Trophy
from musical director Dave Thompson. 14 December 2016.

Dave Thompson. Musical Director presents the Elwyn Hunt Bandsmanship Perpetusl Trophy to Teena Wallace. 14 December 2016.

Allan Shaw, President, presented a number Band Association of NSW Service Badges.

The ten year service badges are specific to ten years of continuous membership of CNL Brass. Badges also recognise cumulative service with CNL Brass and other bands.

The ten year service badge recipients were;

Joanne McDougall- Soprano Cornet, Jack Leckie-2nd Cornet, Romeo Donolato-2nd Tenor Horn, Dave Curry- EEb Bass

Jou McDougall is presented with 10 year and 20 year Service Badges by President Allan Shaw. 14 December 2016.

Jou McDougall is presented with 10 year and 20 year Service Badges by President Allan Shaw. 14 December 2016.

Jack Leckie receives his 10 year Service Badge from President Allan Shaw, 14 December 2016.

A fifteen year service badge was also presented to Romeo. Joanne received a twenty year service badge. Dave was presented with a thirty year service badge

Phil Mitchell, who had previously received ten year and fifteen year service badges, was presented with a twenty year service badge. His service has been continuous with CNL Brass.

Phil Mitchell is presented with his 20 year Service Badge by President Allan Shaw. 14 December 2016

Supper followed to conclude an evening of merriment and goodwill.

 

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