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Christmas Function: 14th December, 2016

The evening saw the band entertain family members and friends with a thirty minute concert of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes.

Musical Director Dave Thompson had the pleasure of presenting three Perpetual Trophies, which have been awarded annually since 1993. The recipients were:

Teeena Wallace- Solo Cornet and Assistant Musical Director: Elwyn Hunt Bandsmanship Trophy

Ken Duck- 2nd Baritone: Alan Meldrum Most Improved Trophy.

Jack Leckie- 2nd Cornet: Jim Adams Encouragement Trophy

Jack Leckie receives the Jim Adams Encouragement Perpetual Trophy from musical director Dave Thompson. 14 December 2016.

Jack Leckie receives the Jim Adams Encouragement Perpetual Trophy
from musical director Dave Thompson. 14 December 2016.

Dave Thompson. Musical Director presents the Elwyn Hunt Bandsmanship Perpetusl Trophy to Teena Wallace. 14 December 2016.

Allan Shaw, President, presented a number Band Association of NSW Service Badges.

The ten year service badges are specific to ten years of continuous membership of CNL Brass. Badges also recognise cumulative service with CNL Brass and other bands.

The ten year service badge recipients were;

Joanne McDougall- Soprano Cornet, Jack Leckie-2nd Cornet, Romeo Donolato-2nd Tenor Horn, Dave Curry- EEb Bass

Jou McDougall is presented with 10 year and 20 year Service Badges by President Allan Shaw. 14 December 2016.

Jou McDougall is presented with 10 year and 20 year Service Badges by President Allan Shaw. 14 December 2016.

Jack Leckie receives his 10 year Service Badge from President Allan Shaw, 14 December 2016.

A fifteen year service badge was also presented to Romeo. Joanne received a twenty year service badge. Dave was presented with a thirty year service badge

Phil Mitchell, who had previously received ten year and fifteen year service badges, was presented with a twenty year service badge. His service has been continuous with CNL Brass.

Phil Mitchell is presented with his 20 year Service Badge by President Allan Shaw. 14 December 2016

Supper followed to conclude an evening of merriment and goodwill.

Christmas Carols Ensembles: December 2016

CNL Brass Carols Ensemble entertain at the Bunnings Boolaroo Family evening

CNL Brass Carols Ensemble entertain at the Bunnings Boolaroo Family evening

A Carols Ensemble of nine band members provided a one hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes at the family promotion evening at Bunnings Boolaroo on 8th 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 10 December and proceeded to Bunnings Belmont to continue promoting the “Christmas Spirit” in the afternoon. Bunnings Boolaroo was the venue on Saturday 17 December for a two hour performance, ensuring again that Jingle Bells greeted Santa as he arrived to distribute sweets to children and their accompanying families.

Valentine Primary School: 5th November, 2016

CNL Brass supported the fundraising market afternoon at Valentine Primary School on Saturday 5 November. The funds raised were to assist the Valentine School’s Junior and Senior Band.

Doug Hoepper features of Flugel Horn in the number “Autumn Leaves”

Entertainment was organised from 1pm to 5pm, with the senior school band opening the entertainment, followed by the junior band and the school choir. Warners Bay High School’s three bands and vocal group followed. CNL Brass was the last performing band, opening with the “circus march” Entry of the Gladiators and closing with the Stevie Wonder jazz tribute number to Duke Ellington, Sir Duke. In all, a program of twelve numbers was presented from 4pm to 5pm. Teena Wallace, assistant musical director, conducted the band.

“Top Brass” Concert: 18th September, 2016

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

This Concert included the three items presented for adjudication at the State Brass Band Championships on Saturday 20 August, in which CNL Brass came third.

The Concert opened with the State Test El Camino Real, an authentic Spanish music composition with a flourishing opening, a middle section of quiet harmony and a very lively ending. It attracted sustained applause from the audience. National Emblem contrasted as a brass band march. The Cossack Patrol added a Russian flavour, while the Hymn The Day Thou Gavest, adjudicated at the State Contest, and still with enduring popularity after 140 years, created a contemplative, but enjoyable mood. The sounds of London, in the Three Movements of Philip Sparke’s Portrait of a City (State Own Choice) were well-accepted. The Robbie Williams biggest selling single Angels changed the tempo. The first half wrapped up with three number 1 hits for Neil Diamond in the medley Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue and Holly Holy.

The second half commenced with the slow march Men of Harlech, written as a tribute to the Welshmen who defended Harlech Castle in Wales in the fifteenth century. Clarence Leung, solo cornet, then led the band with the romantic Serenade. Next was Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Duke Ellington, the jazz classic Sir Duke. The audience joined in with “lots of clapping” to the popular march Blaze Away. I Write the Songs, a number one hit for Barry Manilow followed. Jim Webb’s composition MacArthur Park proved popular. The Concert concluded with two very lively number one hits for The Village People, In the Navy and Go West.

A very responsive audience of about one hundred were entertained with a total of sixteen numbers.

 

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