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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


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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.

Carols Ensembles: December 2015


The Carols Ensemble entertain at Bunnings Boolaroo

Carols Ensembles of eight band members provided a one hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes to promote the ‘Christmas Spirit’ at three Bunnings Warehouse stores. An Ensemble provided a Carols Program to suit the family promotion evening at Bunnings Boolaroo on 10 December and again entertained at Boolaroo on Saturday 12 and Sunday 20 December. The Ensemble played at both Bunnings Wallsend and Bunnings Belmont on Saturday 19 December. Even though the Ensemble did not have a “captive audience”, the music could be heard throughout most of each store and many shoppers paused for a short while to listen.

Christmas in Brass Concert: Sunday 13th December 2015



CNL Brass, conducted by David Thompson, entertain

It was a joyful occasion, with a selection of traditional Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes delighting the audience of about one hundred, many of whom were regulars and Friends of CNL Brass. In all, twenty-one numbers were presented.

The Concert opened with Christmas Day, the third movement from An Australian Christmas, written by Australian composer William James. The audience became an impromptu choir, singing along to the numbers Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and concluding the first half “in song” with a rousing Jingle Bells.

The second half continued with the very lively Christmas Crackers. The audience featured again, adding voice to The First Noel and Deck the Halls. The John Lennon and Yoko Ono composition Happy Christmas (War is Over) was a popular inclusion.

The final number provided the opportunity for band members to convey a message of goodwill to our audience with We Wish You a Merry Christmas.


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.[...]