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“A Musical Bonanza” Concert: Sunday 10 September 2017


Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass

This was the first Concert to be presented by the band’s new Musical Director, Bruce Rowlett. Bruce decided that soloists should be a feature of this Concert. The first half included performances by four soloists. Alison Tonkin, principal; tenor horn, played the emotional 1971 hit Feelings. Doug Hoepper featured on flugelhorn, playing By The Time I Get To Phoenix, as a tribute to the late Glenn Campbell. The Neil Sedaka hit Solitaire saw the audience exposed to the delightful tone of the soprano cornet, played by Jou McDougall. Jazz musician and trombonist David Baker’s composition Memories was presented to the audience by Joe Sandy on trombone. The Olympic Fanfare from the 1964 Olympic Games opened the Concert and the lively number by Johann Strauss, the Czech Polka, closed the first half.

Strike Up The Band, a George Gershwin composition from the 1920’s, provided a brisk opening to the second half. A change in mood was introduced when principal cornet Bruce Fletcher featured on the Leroy Anderson composition A Trumpeter’s Lullaby.

The John Denver hit Perhaps Love was presented as a euphonium duet by principal euphonium David Walker and our guest for the Concert, Lance Turner, principal euphonium of Maitland City Brass Band This duet performance was really well-received by the audience. Mexican music was highlighted in the four movements of Mexican Fiesta. The ever popular Radetzky March prompted enthusiastic clapping by the audience to end the Concert. In all, sixteen numbers provided a variety if musical entertainment for the audience to enjoy.

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


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


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

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

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.


Upcoming Events

2:00 pm Concert: “Christmas in Brass” @ Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre
Concert: “Christmas in Brass” @ Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
CNL Brass will present a selection of Christmas Carols and popular Christmas Tunes to brighten the Christmas Season. There will be an opportunity to sing along to some of the familiar carols and tunes to[...]
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