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

ST ANDREWS CHURH HALL, MAYFIELD

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.

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Guest Conductor David in action

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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

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

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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.

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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.

Vintage Brass Concert: Sunday 22 March 2015

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

Principal Euphonium David Walker entertains the audience with Zelda

This Concert was a trip down memory lane, featuring Concert Items, but also including a Test Item from years gone by.

A lively start was provided with the 1897 March Entry of the Gladiators, popularly known as the Circus March. Philip Wilby’s arrangement of Abide with Me followed. It included an organ obligatto, played on keyboard by Ben Pettett. This provided a contrast to the opening number and was well-received.

Principal Euphonium David Walker drew applause with Percy Code’s Zelda, as did Geoffrey Brand’s arrangement of Napoli which featured a cornet solo, played from memory by Clarence Leung.

CNL Brass enterain at the Vintage Brass Concert

The Tone Poem- Labour and Love, the first ever Test Piece written for the British National Open Brass Band Championships in 1913 by Percy Fletcher, was the most challenging item presented. The inclusion of cadenzas for principal players by the composer provided audience appeal.

The most popular number, Jolson Memories, a medley of eight Al Jolson “trademark” songs, opened with Swanee and finished with My Mammy. Jolson, in the 30’s, was recognised as the king of jazz, blues and ragtime.

Vintage Brass could not leave out the music of Glenn Miller, the best selling artist from 1939 to 1943. The Glenn Miller Special, a medley of six of his numbers, included Moonlight Serenade and Pennsylvania 6-5000, to name just two.

The Band’s finale, the last of the twelve numbers presented, created some excitement for the audience. It was the very lively 1858 composition Can Can (minus the dancers, unfortunately).

 

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