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Christmas in Brass Concert: 18th December, 2016

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

CNL Brass entertain at the Christmas in Brass Concert

CNL Brass entertain at the Christmas in Brass Concert

It was a delightful Christmas Musical Occasion, with a selection of mainly traditional Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes providing the audience with the opportunity to embrace the “Christmas Spirit”. Two Special Selections were also featured, one in each half. In all, twenty-one numbers were presented.

The Concert opened with the March Born is the King, the arrangement including segments of several well-known Carols. The highlight of the first half was Concertpiece for Cornet, a composition by James Curnow, written specifically for Paul Muff junior, Principal Cornet for the Swiss A Grade Brass Band Burgermusic Luzern. Clarence Leung featured as the Soloist on cornet and gave a splendid performance, receiving sustained applause at the conclusion of the number.

Clarence Leung features on solo cornet, playing "Concertpiece for Cornet"

Clarence Leung features on solo cornet, playing “Concertpiece for
Cornet”

Merry Christmas Darling was appealing and what would a Christmas Concert be without the inclusion of Rudolph, The Red Nose Reindeer. The audience sang along to The First Noel and the concluding first half number Jingle Bells.

The second half opened with the traditional and rousing Hallelujah Chorus, and provided opportunities for the audience to sing along again to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and Deck the Halls. As a special tribute to the Salvation Army, whose members provide particular support for families in need during the Festive Season, the composition by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Fire in the Blood, was featured. Paul wrote it for the 120th Anniversary of the Salvation Army International Staff Band. The composition includes Lord You Know That We Love You, which featured Principal Cornet Bruce Fletcher and You and I Love You Lord, which featured Bruce again and Principal Euphonium David Walker. Fire in the Blood received enthusiastic applause.

David Walker features on euphonium, playing "Merry Christmas Darling"

David Walker features on euphonium, playing “Merry Christmas
Darling”

The John Lennon and Yoko Ono composition Happy Christmas-War is Over was a popular inclusion, as was Mary’s Boy Child.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas, the closing number, conveyed the message of goodwill to an appreciative audience.

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.

 

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