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ANZAC Day 2022

Dawn Service: CNL Brass supported Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch by providing the music for the Dawn Service. The Last Post and Reveille were played by principal cornet Bruce Fletcher. One Hymn was included in the Service, namely, The Recessional. The New Zealand and Australian Anthems concluded the Service.  CNL Brass has been supporting this Dawn Service since 1974 and it was indeed pleasing to return to the full ANZAC Day Service after two years, particularly with a large crowd in attendance.

Morning Service: CNL Brass supported the Stockton RSL Sub Branch Service, which commenced at 9am, Again, a large crowd was in attendance, The Service included the Hymn Abide With Me and, as no Piper was available to play The Lament, the Band played Lead Kindly Light as floral tributes were laid. The Service concluded with the New Zealand and Australian Anthems. The Sub Branch arranged for a flyover by a vintage Wirraway during the Service. That was impressive.  Two players from Parramatta City Band, Steven and Theo played with the band for both Services. Their support was greatly appreciated.

Allan Shaw

“From Miller to Presley and Everything in Between” Concert: 3rd April, 2022


The Concert opened with the recent work Felicitous written in 2020 specifically as a concert opener by the composer to “promote a feeling of excitement for the audience”. It certainly achieved that response with the level of applause from the audience. Stand By Me, featured in the 1986 film of the same name, followed. Guest cornetist Clarence Leung, Principal cornet of Waratah Brass, led the band in the jazz standard Skylark, composed in 1941 by Hoagy Carmichael.

As the title of the Concert suggests, the first of the big band era of Glenn Miller numbers “In The Mood” provided a lively beat compared to the wistful Skylark. The Christian Hymn Abide With Me, written in 1847, which we associate mainly with Military Services such as those on ANZAC Day, had a settling effect on the audience, with most of them, no doubt, knowing with words. The ballad Always On My Mind, considered one of Elvis Presley’s standout songs of the early seventies, followed. Everybody Needs Somebody (To Love), from the very popular 1980 comedy hit movie of the same name, livened up the atmosphere.

John Lennon’s best-selling single of his solo career Imagine, in which the lyrics encourage the listener to live in a world on peace, without materialism, provided a gentle contrast. The first half ended with An American Trilogy, a song medley that incudes three 19th century songs – Dixie, Battle Hymn of the Republic and All My Trials. American Trilogy was a show-stopper, popularised by Elvis in his concerts in the early seventies.

Voices, an inspirational number composed in 1995 by the Greek musician and composer Vangelis, opened the second half of the Program. The Stripper, a No.1 hit in its time, followed. This tune became associated with the burlesque art of Stripping, but the Conductor decided that the tune was enjoyable without this addition. A cornet trio of Clarence, Vic and Bob was next to entertain with the Dixieland-style selection A Saint-sational Trio. It was well-received. The ballad Danny Boy, written way back in 1913 and one of the most popular songs of the 20th century, delighted the audience.

The Rolling Stones No.1 hit from 1967, Ruby Tuesday, was quite a contrast to Danny Boy. The highlight of the second half came next. This was a tribute to the era of the Glenn Miller Swing Band with the three numbers The American Patrol, Moonlight Serenade and Tuxedo Junction. These were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The Program officially ended with a hymn, written in 1912, which became a country gospel favourite, The Old Rugged Cross.

The Band was acknowledged with sustained applause and, as a gesture of good will played, as an encore, the very lively March – The Stars and Stripes Forever.

This CNL Brass Concert was proudly supported by Lake Macquarie City, which provided financial sponsorship. CNL Brass is grateful for such support by which the Band endeavours to enhance the musical culture of the City.

Allan Shaw
CNL Brass

Christmas Carols Ensembles: December 2021

Bunnings Stores provided the opportunity for CNL Brass Christmas Ensembles to present a program of Christmas Carols and Songs to Bunnings customers throughout December.  The band is most appreciative to Bunnings for providing financial sponsorship for each performance.


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


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
CNL Brass


Upcoming Events

2:00 pm CNL Brass in Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
CNL Brass in Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Come along and enjoy a great afternoon of musical entertainment.  There will be an interval of approximately 20 minutes. Limited catering: cans of cordial $2, bottles of water $2 ADMISSION ADULTS: $20 CONCESSION: $15 FRIENDS[...]