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John Kellaway’s Farewell Lunch: Sunday 5th July 2015


John Kellaway and vice president David Walker

John Kellaway and vice president David Walker

John Kellaway commenced his role as Musical Director of CNL Brass in May 2013. He has been dedicated to this role and a real inspiration for members of the band. Due to a change in his academic commitments as a lecturer in the Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle, he had to relinquish his role at the end of June.

John’s farewell lunch was well attended by band members and their families. It provided John with the opportunity to “have a chat”, relax and enjoy the company without a “baton in hand”. David Walker, vice president, presented John with a gift on behalf of all present. John’s reply indicated that he was reluctant to leave the band as it had been a challenging, but enjoyable experience and that he would continue to retain an interest in the progress of the band.

John Kellaway enjoys a coffee with band members and their families

John Kellaway enjoys a coffee with band members and their families

It is not the end of his relationship with CNL Brass, however, as he has been invited to conduct the band when it visits Tamworth in October to share the billing with Tamworth RSL Brass Band in the annual Brilliance of Brass Concert.


“Crossroads” Christian Fellowship Concert: Thursday 18th June 2015


CNL Brass, conducted by John Kellaway, entertain

CNL Brass, conducted by John Kellaway, entertain

CNL Brass presented the first of two one hour variety concerts to an audience of about fifty developmentally disabled people on Thursday evening. Their response to the music of a brass band is enthusiastic, with spontaneous applause after every number. There are two members of the audience, David and Darryl, who are always keen to conduct the band. Both were invited to “wave the baton” by musical director John Kellaway. David conducted the march Colonel Bogey, while Darryl took up the challenge with Rock around the Crock.


Guest Conductor David in action


Guest Conductor Darryl controls the baton

The band opened its program with the circus march Entry of the Gladiators and closed the program will the always requested Floral Dance.

“Musical” Magic Concert: Sunday 24 May 2015



Jou McDougall playing “Memory”

This Concert provided the audience with a selection of music from Musicals, both stage and screen. The Concert opened with a medley of ten tunes from Show Boat, a 1927 Broadway production, including Make Believe, Dance Away the Night and Ol’ Man River. A medley of six tunes from the Pirates of Penzance followed. Memory, from Cats, was featured on soprano cornet by Joanne McDougall. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, from Evita, was well-received, as was I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. The first half closed with the very lively arrangement by Goff Richards of Breezin’ Down Broadway.


Doug Hoepper features on flugel horn, playing “Send in the Clowns”

The Concert resumed after interval with selections from Jesus Christ Super Star, followed by Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King. Doug Hoepper delighted the audience on flugel horn with his rendition of Send in the Clowns from the 1973 Musical, A Little Light Music. Selections from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat followed and then a medley of tunes written by George Gershwin for Broadway Shows. The second half concluded with one of Ethel Merman’s classic numbers, the title of the 1954 movie in which she starred, There’s No Business Like Show Business.

In all, thirteen numbers were presented to a very appreciative audience of about one hundred, many of whom can now be recognised as CNL Brass Concert supporters.

ANZAC Day: Saturday 25 April 2015

Bruce Fletcher, principal cornet, playing the Last Post at the Pelican RSL Sub Branch Dawn Service.

Dawn Service: CNL Brass supported Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch by providing the music for the Dawn Service. Principal cornet Bruce Fletcher played the Last Post and Reveille from an elevated platform just above and to the rear of the Memorial, being clearly visible to all assembled. The 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Service was unique in that the New Zealand Anthem was included for the first time in the Service.

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John Kellaway is greeted by a young admirer at the Stockton RSL

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 also included, for the first time, the New Zealand 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 old “wartime tunes” and more modern numbers.


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