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“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.

ANZAC Day Services, March and Concert: 25th April 2013

ANZAC Day Services, March and Concert
25th April, 2013

Clarence Leung, principal cornet,features with "A Song to Swing" at the Stockton RSL & Citizens Club ANZAC Day Concert: 25 April 2013

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 at the Stockton Cenotaph and presenting a one hour entertainment concert after the Service at Stockton RSL and Citizens Club.

Clarence Leung, principal cornet, featured in the number A Song to Swing, played in public for the first time by the band. It was well-received by the audience, as was the very old sing-a-long number Beer Barrel Polka. The traditional march Anthem of the Free was also a popular choice.

An Autumn Interlude Concert: 21st April, 2013

An Autumn Interlude Concert
Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre,Warners Bay
21st April, 2013

CNL Brass entertain at An Autumn Interlude Concert: 21 April 2013

CNL Brass attracted an audience of about one hundred to its Autumn Concert. Musical Director Ron Boaden took the opportunity to feature the leading players from different sections of the band.

An audience view at An Autumn Interlude Concert: 21 April 2013

Alison Tonkin, solo horn, entertained with He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. Principal trombone Anthony Fowler presented Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Jou McDougall, soprano cornet, delighted the audience with Demelza, while David Walker, principal euphonium, added a romantic moment with When I Fall In Love.

Trish O'Hearn and Teena Wallace play "Summertime" at An Autumn Interlude Concert: 21 April 2013

Guest player Trish O’Hearn, from Toronto Brass, combined with Teena Wallace, solo cornet, in the cornet duet Summertime, and again, later in the program, with a lively foot-tapping number Eine Kleine Oompah Musik. What would an Autumn Concert be without the number Autumn Leaves? This was featured on flugel horn by Doug Hoepper.

In all, nineteen numbers were presented in the afternoon program to a most appreciative audience.


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