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CNL Success in Entertainment at ‘the Hunter’

CNL Brass was a contestant at the Hunter Regional Band Association’s Brass and Concert Band Championships held at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday 12 June.

CNL Brass on stage in the Festival of the Bands, featuring Carol Irving on clarinet in Golden Wedding.

Philip Sketchley OAM, Adjudicator, photographed with CNL Brass Musical Director Ron Boaden, after presenting Ron with the winner’s trophy for Division 2 of the Festival of the Bands.

The Championships consist of a morning session of formal adjudication – the East Coast Championship and an afternoon session of entertainment- the Festival of the Bands.

CNL Brass presented a Hymn and an Own Choice Item in the Formal Graded Section for C and D Grade Brass Bands. The band had to be content with being runner-up to Newcastle PCYC Brass Band in this Section.

Success was achieved in the afternoon’s Festival of the Bands. CNL Brass contested Division 2 for C and D Grade Brass and Concert Bands and won this Division for the fourth successive year. The band presented five numbers in its program:

  • Swingtime Religion
  • Post Horn Gallop (with a little comedy included)
  • Golden Wedding, featuring Carol Irving on clarinet (somewhat unusual for a brass band)
  • Slides in Swingtime (featuring a trombone trio)
  • The Pioneers (a traditional march)

The program was well-received by the audience of about three hundred, with prolonged applause, in particular, for Golden Wedding.


St Andrews Anglican Church, Mayfield
Sunday 15 May, 2011

Crossroads is a Christian Fellowship with a charter to provide enjoyable experiences for developmentally disabled adults on a part-time basis. The experiences include regular weekly Thursday evening entertainment and, from time to time, trips away for members. The fellowship is run by a Committee, with the assistance each Thursday evening from members of various Christian churches.

CNL Brass has been on the Crossroads entertainment list since the mid-seventies, presenting concerts twice each year. The band was very pleased to provide the entertainment at this 50th Anniversary Church Service.

CNL Brass presented two programs during the Service, each of about twenty minutes duration. Each program was very well received by members of the audience, which numbered about one hundred and twenty.

The first program presented was:
• The Pioneers (a March)
• Second Movement from the Concerto de Aranjuez
• The Floral Dance (a favourite number for the Crossroads members)
• Pie Jesu
• Swingtime Religion

This was followed by:
• Concert March-The Conqueror
• Lightwalk
• Minuet From Quintette in E
• Bob the Builder (another favourite)
• Selections from Godspell

It was a unique experience to play Bob the Builder in a church!! The applause, however, was loud and long.

CNL Brass looks forward to entertaining its Crossroads friends for many years to come.

Crossroads 50th Anniversary 2011

Success at ‘the State’

CNL Brass members display the Championships Shield with Musical Director Ron Boaden (in black)

CNL Brass won the Band Association of New South Wales Open C Grade Brass Band Championship on Saturday, 25 September, repeating its success of 2008 (the band did not contest the event in 2009).

Under the baton of musical director Ron Boaden, the band presented for adjudication the compulsory test item Journey, the hymn Reflections in Nature and the own choice Dimensions.

It received a total of 214 points (out of 250), being eight points clear of the second placed band.

CNL Brass perform at Wallsend Winter Carnivale

CNL Brass

CNL Brass performed at the Wallsend Winter Carnivale on Sunday 8 August, 2010. It was the 25th Anniversary of the Carnivale.

CNL Brass is presented a concert program in the Wallsend Band Rotunda.

Wallsend Winter Carnivale, Sunday 8 August 2010


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.[...]