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CNL Brass Player Awarded OAM

David Walker, principal euphonium and president of CNL Brass, was presented with the Order of Australia Medal by the Governor of New South Wales, General David Hurley, at a Ceremony at Government House, Sydney, on Thursday 3 May, 2018.

David Walker, with his wife Dorothy and daughter Heather in the grounds of Government House, NSW, after receiving his OAM

This Award recognised David’s achievements over a long period of time. They included:

  • Over fifty years as a musician in both Community and Army Bands.
  • Teaching students to playing musical instruments.
  • His past role as a Musical Director of brass bands.
  • His role as Chief Marshall for suburban ANZAC Parades.
  • His role as Warrant Officer in Australian Army Bands.
  • His role as Bugler for many ANZAC Services for RSL Sub Branches, Schools, and various organisations

The CNL Brass committee and band members extend their congratulations to David upon his being awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

ANZAC Day 2018

Dawn Service: CNL Brass supported Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch by providing the music for the Dawn Service. The Last Post and Reveille were played by soprano cornet player, Joanne McDougall. Three Hymns were included in the Service. The National Anthem concluded the Service. CNL Brass has been supporting this Dawn Service since 1974.

CNL Brass playing at the Stockton RSL Sub Branch ANZAC Day Service

Morning Service: CNL Brass supported Stockton RSL Sub Branch. This involved a one kilometre March to the ANZAC Memorial, with the March commencing at 8.30am. The Service followed. David Walker OAM, principal euphonium, but also a cornet player, was the Bugler for the Last Post and Reveille. The Service concluded with the New Zealand Anthem, followed Australian National Anthem.

“Let the Memories Begin” Concert: Sunday 8 April 2018


Joanne McDougall plays Rusalka’s Song to the Moon

The Concert opened with the march Simoraine, followed by the delightful Aria, Rusalka’s Song to the Moon, from the Dvorak’s Opera Rusalka. This featured soprano cornet Joanne McDougall. Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s The Big Top created a circus atmosphere. Principal euphonium David Walker OAM presented When I Fall In Love, while solo tenor horn Alison Tonkin delighted the audience He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. One Moment in Time was well received, while the ever appealing music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was presented as a medley of songs in Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The very lively African song Zambezi prompted audience clapping to end the first half.

David Walker plays When I Fall in Love

The Raider’s March from the film The Raiders of the Lost Ark, provided a bright start to the second half, followed by the theme music The Magnificent Seven from the Western adventure film of the same name. The feature of the second half was Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s composition The Dark Side of the Moon. Doug Hoepper, playing the flugel horn, entertained with his rendition of Jealousy. The Neil Diamond medley of his number one hits, Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue and Holly Holy livened up the mood. In contrast, the Second Movement from the 1939 Spanish composition Concerto de Aranjuez had a calming influence. Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl certainly had audience appeal, as did the very lively final number, Swinging Kilts. In all, sixteen numbers provided a variety of musical entertainment for the audience to enjoy.

CNL Brass acknowledges, with thanks, the financial support provided by the Port of Newcastle Community Partnership Program in paying for the hire of the venue.

Christmas Carols Ensembles: December 2017

CNL Brass Carols Ensemble entertain at Bunnings Boolaroo

A Carols Ensemble of eight band members provided a one hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes at the Family promotion evening at Bunnings Boolaroo on Thursday 7 December. The Ensemble greeted Santa with Jingle Bells as he arrived on a fire engine to listen to the “wish lists” of the children.

The Ensemble entertained at Wallsend Bunnings on Saturday morning 9 December and proceeded to Bunnings Belmont to continue to provide “Christmas music for the Customers” in the afternoon. Bunnings Boolaroo was the final venue on Saturday 16 December for a one hour morning performance.


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