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“And The Band Played On” Concert: 18th April, 2021

WARNERS BAY THEATRE

Meredith Wilson features on tenor horn, playing One Day In Your Life.

The Concert opened with the lively George and Ira Gershwin’s tune Strike Up the Band, followed by the 1940’s classic Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Michael Jackson’s first No.1 hit One Day in Your Life featured solo tenor horn player Meredith Wilson, while principal cornet Bruce Fletcher next led the band, playing the valveless post horn in the 1848 composition Post Horn Galop. A “touch of Australia” was introduced when the Banjo Paterson’s bush ballad Waltzing Matilda drew sustained applause. The first half closed with the rhythm and blues number Louie, Louie, providing the opportunity for John Kellaway, cornet, Doug Hoepper, flugel horn and Marcus Holdsworth, trombone to “ad lib” with short solos during its performance.

One of many William Rimmer’s marches, Punchinello, opened the second half of the Concert. Thunder and Lightning Polka, a Johan Strauss II composition, followed. The well-known and historically significant Scottish folk song, The Skye Boat Song, provided a calming contrast before Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance raised the tempo once more. Sunny (I Love You) a No.1 hit for German Group Boney M in their 1976 debut album, added a disco beat. Uptown Funk, written in 2014 by Mark Ronson and described as a funk-pop, soul, boogie song (a new style of music for our senior audience), brought the Concert to a close.

Seventeen numbers were presented to the audience and the applause which followed each one indicated that the afternoon’s entertainment had been well-received.

Allan Shaw
President
CNL Brass

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