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“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.

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

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

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.

ANZAC Day: 25th April, 2016

Full Band Dawn Service

CNL Brass plays the music for the Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch Dawn Service

Dave Performing Calls Dawn Service

Musical Director Dave Thompson plays the bugle calls at the Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch Dawn Service

Dawn Service: CNL Brass supported Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch by providing the music for the Dawn Service. Musical Director Dave Thompson played the Last Post and Reveille from a prominent position an elevated platform just above and to the rear of the Memorial.

Morning Service: CNL Brass supported Stockton RSL Sub Branch, providing music for the one kilometre March to the ANZAC Memorial and music for the Service, including the bugle calls, played by David Walker. The Service commenced at 9am. The Service again included both the New Zealand Anthem and the Australian Anthem. Following the Service, CNL Brass presented a one hour Concert for the club patrons at Stockton RSL and Citizens Club, providing a mixture of wartime favourites and more modern numbers.

David Walker plays the bugle calls at the Stockton RSL Sub Branch Service.

CNL Brass entertains patrons at the Stockton RSL & Citizens Club after the 2016 ANZAC Service.

“Valentine’s in March” Concert: 20th March 2016

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

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CNL Brass entertain at the “Valentine’s in March” Concert

This Concert, with the title chosen by Musical Director David Thompson, had a “touch of romance”. It opened with Paul McCartney’s composition Got To Get You Into My Life and included in the first half, just to name a few romantic numbers, Chanson D’Amour, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, featuring principal trombonist Marcus Holdsworth, followed by and the rather melancholy Somewhere Out There. Clarence Leung, playing cornet, drew sustained applause with his delightful memory solo Georgia On My Mind. The first half concluded with the Lionel Richie hit All Night Long.

Marcus Holdsworth features on trombone playing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”

The Concert resumed after interval with I’ll Be There, the most successful single hit ever released by The Jackson 5. This half included the Paul McCartney hit When I’m 64 (for the seniors in the audience), a trombone trio feature, The Attack of the Killer Trombones, the emotional 2002 composition You Raise Me Up and, as the final encore item, the rather vigorous and well-known Light Cavalry Overture.

In all, seventeen numbers were presented to a most appreciative audience.

 

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