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ANZAC Day Services, March and Concert: 25 April 2014

CNL Brass supported Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch, providing music for the Dawn Service at Pelican RSL Club. Later in the morning, the band supported Stockton RSL Sub Branch, providing music for the 8.30am March, the 9am Service (in steady rain) at the Stockton Cenotaph and presenting a one hour entertainment concert after the Service at Stockton RSL and Citizens Club. The concert had popular appeal for the audience.

Jukebox Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Concert: 6th April 2014


Three of the Rock Band — Ben, Robert and Heather

The fourth Rock Band member–Anthony

A mainly senior audience of one hundred and eighty had the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane to when they were in their teens and twenties and savour the music of the Jukebox era. The music of the great artists such as Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Righteous Brothers, Bill Haley and the Comets, The Beatles, just to name a few, and even our own Johnny O’Keefe and his band the Dee Jays, was a feature of the concert. A small rock band of Anthony Fowler (principal trombone) on bass guitar, Robert Paquet (3rd cornet) on guitar, Ben Pettett (BBb bass) on keyboard and Heather Walker on percussion, helped to recreate the sound of rock ‘n’ roll and featured with CNL Brass in eight of the twenty numbers on the program.

CNL Brass and the 50’s Rock and Roll Dancers

To add an authentic mood to the occasion, twenty dancers from the Newcastle 50’s Rock & Roll Dance Club took to the stage and jived to five of the numbers, including Elvis Rocks and Everybody Needs Somebody.

The concert opened with the genuine rock sound of Johnny O’Keefe’s Shout and closed with a tribute to Bill Haley with Rock Around The Croc!

CNL Brass Christmas Function: 18th December 2013

Families and friends attended the annual CNL Brass Christmas Function on Wednesday evening, 18th December. The band presented a one hour concert program, consisting of Christmas tunes and carols and popular numbers from the band’s repertoire. The concert was well-received, with generous applause from those present.

Teena Wallace conducts CNL Brass as the band entertains family and friends at the Christmas Function 18 December 2013.

The formal part of the evening saw Teena Wallace, assistant musical director of the band, present two of the three perpetual trophies awarded annually. Doug Hoepper, flugel horn player, received the Alan Meldrum Encouragement Trophy, while Geoffrey McGregor, solo tenor horn player, accepted the Jim Adams Most Improved Trophy. The winner of the Elwyn Hunt Trophy for Bandsmanship, was not in attendance and the trophy will be presented when the band resumes rehearsals on 22nd January next year.


The 40th Anniversary Cake

Pat and Max Forbes, founding member of CNL Brass, cut the 40th Anniversary Cake

The Band celebrated its 40th Anniversary this year, having been established in 1973 through the efforts of three families. One of those families, husband and wife Max and Pat Forbes, are still associated with the band. Max is a tenor horn player and Pat, until recently, was a member of the band committee. Pat and Max shared the honour of cutting the Anniversary Cake, to the rendition of Happy Birthday from all present.

The band will take a well-earned vacation over the Festive Season and resume rehearsals on 22ndJanuary, 2014.

Community Bands in Concert: 27th October, 2013

“Community Bands in Concert”
Toronto Workers Club
Sunday 27 October 2013

Clarence Leung, principal cornet, features on A Song to Swing


CNL Brass was one of four member bands that played at the Community Bands in Concert entertainment afternoon organised by the Hunter Regional Band Association.

CNL Brass commenced the afternoon with a forty minute concert, featuring six numbers, including a medley of Queen’s Greatest Hits, the number just titled Music and Three Klezmer Miniatures, the last of which proved to be extremely popular with the audience, Hava Nagila.
The afternoon commenced at 1.30pm and concluded at 4.30pm.
The money from ticket sales was shared by the four bands.

Allan Shaw


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