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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


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.

“An Afternoon of Good Music” Concert: 22nd May, 2016


Cornets "on the beat"

Cornets “on the beat”

A variety of music styles was presented in this Concert, ranging from
swing, sacred, jazz, ballad to classical and popular. The Concert opened with Glenn Miller’s big band number In The Mood. Three solo cornets, including the musical director Dave Thompson, featured next in the very busy Bugler’s Holiday, followed by the very contrasting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, from Requiem. The first and third Movements of Philip Sparke’s Portrait of a City, Skyline and Downtown, were well-received. Doug Hoepper’s solo performance on flugel horn of the ballad Autumn Leaves proved popular.

Doug Hoepper features on flugel horn

Doug Hoepper features on flugel horn

The first half concluded with the well known Russian folk song Kalinka.

Barrie Gott’s Light-Walk was a bright start for the second half, which included the evergreen march Colonel Bogey and a number of World War II vintage, made popular by Dame Vera Lynn and Marlene Dietrich, Lili Marlene. The Hollies hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, featured Merv Gale on tenor horn. J S Bach’s Toccata in D Minor added a classical touch. The concluding number, The Village People’s greatest hit YMCA, saw a large number in the audience joining in the arm movements, at appropriate times, to “spell out” the letters YMCA, being led by two of the ladies of the cornet section, Teena and Jou.

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


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.[...]