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A Brass Christmas: Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre: Sunday 9 December 2012

Ron Boaden conducting CNL Brass

CNL Brass responded to an invitation from Waratah Brass for both bands to present A Brass Christmas Concert. This commenced at 2pm and concluded at 4.30pm. The music chosen was mainly that associated with Christmas, such as well-known Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes. Members of the audience were encouraged to sing when the carols were played. The “audience choir” (of which there were about one hundred and thirty) responded and obviously enjoyed the opportunity to accompany both bands.

Jou McDougall playing soprano cornet

Anthony Fowler, principal trombonist

CNL Brass opened the afternoon, presenting eight numbers, including the carols Hark, the Herald Angels Sing and Away in a Manger. Waratah Brass concluded the first half with four numbers, including the carol The First Nowell. Waratah Brass commenced the second half, opening with the popular arrangement of The Little Drummer Boy andplaying three numbers, with the audience singing along to Silent Night.

Clarence Leung, principal cornet, features in Concertpiece for Cornet

The cornet section

Both bands then combined to present six numbers, opening with the March The Guiding Star and providing another opportunity for the audience to sing Joy To The World. The concert concluded with a Christmas message for the audience-We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Ron Boaden conducts Waratah Brass & CNL Brass

Bands in the Park: King Edward Park, Newcastle: Sunday 11 November 2012

Bands in the Park is an annual free day of community entertainment organised by the Hunter Regional Band Association. It is held in the Band Rotunda in the delightful setting of King Edward Park. This year, seven local bands entertained those in attendance making it a great day of musical entertainment.

CNL Brass is a regular participant in this event and the band presented seven numbers in its time slot including the opening march Lennox Bridge, numbers featuring Clarence Leung as soloist on both cornet and flugel horn and the Glenn Miller number In the Mood to wrap up their set.

Ron Boaden conducts CNL Brass at Bands in the Park

Clarence Leung, Principal Cornet, entertains with "Solitaire"

CNL Brass entertain at Bands in the Park

Community Bands in Concert: Sunday 28 October 2012: Toronto Workers Club

CNL Brass was one of six community bands to present a concert program of thirty minutes duration to an appreciative audience. It was an afternoon of varied musical entertainment.

CNL at Community Bands In Concert

The other bands to participate were: Western Lake Macquarie Concert, Brisbane Water Brass, Newcastle PCYC Brass, Lake Macquarie Winds and Toronto Brass.

John Kathner at Community Bands In ConcertCNL Brass played nine numbers, opening with the 2011 composition, a March by Michael Forsyth, Lennox Bridge. Clarence Leung, Principal Cornet, featured with the 1976 hit made popular by Neil Sedaka, Solitaire. Johnny O’Keefe’s 1958 lively hit from the era of Rock ‘n Roll, Shout, contrasted with the rather gentle What I Did For Love, from the musical A Chorus Line, Music associated with a circus band was featured in the number, The Big Top.

John Kathner, on flugel horn, delighted the audience with Chris de Burghs’ huge hit from 1986, Lady In Red. The band concluded its Program with a 1968 number recorded and made popular by The Rolling Stones, Ruby Tuesday.

The Afternoon was organised by the Hunter Regional Band Association.

“Aussie Made” Concert: Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre: 16 September, 2012

Aussie Made” Concert: Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre: 16 September, 2012

CNL Brass presented a two hour Concert Program, featuring musical works that were either written or arranged by Australian musicians, or contained Australian melodies.

An audience of about one hundred, mainly seniors, attended and were “full of praise” for the Program. In all, nineteen numbers were played, with two being very recent. The opening Britannia Fanfare, as arranged for a brass band, was first performed in November 2011 by Parramatta City Band. Included was another recent March, Lennox Bridge, written by composer and arranger, Michael Forsyth and only published this year. The theme music from the film A Man From Snowy River was a highlight of the Concert. Johnny O’Keefe’s rock and roll number Shout provided an interesting contrast, but the favourite, without a doubt, was Waltzing Matilda.

Ron Boaden conducts CNL Brass at the “Aussie Made” Concert: 16 September, 2012

Teena Wallace features on cornet at the “Aussie Made” Concert: 16 September, 2012


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