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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

“Rhapsody in Brass” Concert: 13th October 2013

“Rhapsody in Brass” Concert
Sunday 13 October 2013

Jeremy Borthwick, guest trombonist, plays Georgia on My Mind

About one hundred and forty patrons attended the first major concert by CNL Brass under the direction of recently appointed Musical Director John Kellaway. Four Rhapsodies were featured in the programme. Jeremy Borthwick, guest trombonist, demonstrated his remarkable skill in Rhapsody for Trombone and Brass Band. Jeremy is recognised as one of the finest jazz trombonists in the country. He has performed at major jazz festivals in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The audience responded to his performance with prolonged applause. It was his first appearance with a brass band.

Euphoniums and Baritones

Rhapsody in Blue had audience appeal. This composition, dating back to 1924, was well known. Bohemian Rhapsody, first performed by the Rock group Queen, included beautiful melodic lines, soft passages and then the extremes that Queen is known for.

Closeup of cornets, percussionists, bassists and tenor horns

The Best of Bond medley included From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live twice and the James Bond Theme.

Clarence Leung, Principal Cornet, delighted the audience with a very challenging cornet solo, A Song to Swing.He played it from memory. The Concert differed to those previously in that a number of the items were longer and more challenging. In all, eleven numbers were presented.

Comments from members of the audience were positive, praising the performance and indicating that it was a most enjoyable afternoon of musical entertainment.

Allan Shaw

Wallsend Winter Carnivale: Sunday 11 August 2013

Wallsend Winter Carnivale
Sunday 11 August 2013

John Kellaway conducts CNL Brass at the Wallsend Winter Carnivale Concert 11 August 2013

CNL Brass provided music “on the march” in the Grand Parade, playing Basin Street Blues and The Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. CNL Brass has marched in the Grand Parade since its inception twenty-eight years ago. The band then presented a variety concert program in the Band Rotunda, including numbers such as Louie the Fly Salsa, a medley of numbers from the James Bond movies, The Best of Bond and completing its program with the very lively Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.


Upcoming Events

2:00 pm CNL Brass in Concert @ Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre
CNL Brass in Concert @ Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
CNL Brass will present a Concert program with a variety of musical styles, which will include music from stage and screen, classical, swing and jazz, marches and music made popular by well-known vocalists and ensembles.[...]