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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”.

“Christmas in Brass” Concert: Sunday 15th December, 2019


The Concert opened with Christmas Crackers, a medley of well-known Christmas tunes. The German Carol Ich Steh An Deiner Krippen Hier (I’m Standing By Your Crib) followed. The Australian composition by William G James, An Australian Christmas, consisting of three Movements, Carol of the Birds, Lullaby Carol and Christmas Day was well-received. David Walker OAM, principal euphonium, delighted the audience as he featured in the “quite gentle and romantic” Merry Christmas Darling. The Aria In Marble Halls, from the Opera The Bohemian Girl, followed.The audience then joined inwith the singing of Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The rousing Georg Friedrich Handel’s For Unto Us a Child is Born addedsome intensity, while Irving Berlin’s appealing and ever popular composition White Christmas concluded the first half.

The second half opened with Henry Purcell’s Rondo. The Hymn Jerusalem, regularly featured in The British Proms and regarded as Britain’s second Anthem, was included for the first time. The very lively Christmas Swing changed the mood.Again, themost popular number of the second half was Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz). with the audience, from time to time,joining hands and swaying from side to side, as well tapping their feet to the beat. Christmas Joy provided another medley of Christmas tunes. The audience sang along to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus brought an inspiring end to the Concert.

Nineteen numbers provided the entertainment for the audience, who, with smiles “all round” as they departed, indicated that the afternoon was a joyful experience.

Crossroads Christian Fellowship Concert: Thursday 26th September, 2019

CNL Brass presented its second one hour Concert for the year, entertaining about forty developmentally disabled people on Thursday evening. The band supports the Garden Suburb Uniting Church Committee, who host the evening. Eleven numbers were played, two of which were medleys, featuring the songs of The Beatles and ABBA. Both were very popular.

The audience on the move to marching music

The Concert commenced with The Spitfire March, written by the Australian composer Robert McAnally. Musical Director Bruce Rowlatt invited a very keen audience member, David, to accept the “assistant” conductor role. David conducted the very lively march The Cossack. Included in the Concert was the “always requested” The Floral Dance. It was certainly an enjoyable occasion for both the audience and band members.


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