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Movie Magic Concert: Sunday 20th September 2015


Jou McDougall

Jou McDougall features on soprano cornet, playing Live and Let Die

“Movie” Magic provided the audience with a selection of numbers that have been very popular over the years, mainly from movies. The Concert opened with The Imperial March from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, regarded as the anthem of the Galactic Empire. The first half also included a medley of five tunes from Great Film Themes such as Around the World in Eighty Days from the movie of the same name and The Harry Lyme Theme from the 1949 movie The Third Man. Live and Let Die, from the James Bond movie, featured Jou McDougall on soprano cornet. The first half closed with the stirring march Aces High.

David Thompson conducts CNL Brass

David Thompson conducts CNL Brass


The Concert resumed after interval with the theme music from the movie The Magnificent Seven. The Braveheart Suite from Mel Gibson’s epic movie Braveheart followed. The Man from Snowy River certainly had audience appeal, as did the theme music from the movie Jurassic Park. The second half ended with a delightful medley of tunes from Walt Disney movies titled A Disney Fantasy. In all, thirteen numbers were presented to a mainly seniors audience of about one hundred.

Movie Magic was the first concert for the band’s new musical director, David Thompson. David was greeted warm applause when introduced to the audience, while the band responded well to his baton.

Wallsend Winter Carnivale: Sunday 9th August 2015

CNL Brass provided “music on the march” as the band participated in the Grand Parade at the Wallsend Winter Carnivale. Colonel Bogey was the chosen march. The parade route along Nelson Street was crowded with spectators, who were generous in their applause.

CNL Brass marching in the Wallsend Winter Carnivale Grand Parade

The Carnivale is in its 30th year. CNL Brass led the first Grand Parade in 1985 and has marched in each Parade since then. Allan Shaw, the drum major of the band for the first Parade, led the band again this year.

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.


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