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“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

Cory Online Band Championships 2021 Recording: 10th March, 2021

This is the second International Online Cory Band Championship that CNL Brass has entered. The performance was recorded in the band’s rehearsal hall. A time limit of 10 minutes applied. The three items were presented were:

Bruce Fletcher, principal cornet, playing Post Horn Galop

Waltzing Matilda, Australia’s best known bush ballad, with lyrics written by Banjo Paterson in 1895 and first published to music in 1903. It is often described as the country’s unofficial national anthem.

Post Horn Galop, featuring principal cornet Bruce Fletcher playing the valveless instrument, the post horn. This instrument was used during the 18th and 19 centuries to signal the arrival or departure of a post rider or a mail coach.

Strike Up The Band, an old, but lively tune written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1927 for the Stage Musical of the same name.

Allan Shaw, President

“Christmas in Brass” Concert: 13th December, 2020


The Concert opened with the March Born is the King,a composition of popular Christmastunes set to a “marching beat”. White Christmas, a “forever” favourite, followed. Dave Curry featured as soloist on Eb Bass with the rather jolly It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Rudolph. Sir Cliff Richard’s hit Mistletoe and Wine was popular and the brass band arrangement of Comfort and Joy added a “touch” of excitement. Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival presented a medley of Christmas tunes. Eleven numbers provided entertainment for the audience in the first half, which concluded with the delightful German number Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz).

The second half opened with Angel Trumpets, a new composition by Richard Phillips. A regular inclusion, popular with the audience, An Australian Christmas (a Suite of Three Movements) followed. Principal cornet Bruce Fletcher featured in Away in a Manger.

Carols included Christians Awake, O Come All Ye Faithfull, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, together with the “evergreen” Silent Night and Rudolph. Ten numbers comprised the second half. As a way of wishing our audience a Merry Christmas, the Concert concluded with Jose Feliciano’sChristmas composition Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas).

It was really rewarding for the band members to entertain an audience of about one hundred. The audience, in turn, seemed to be thoroughly delighted to be present in this year of Covid restrictions.

Allan Shaw

“CNL Brass in Concert”: Sunday 9th August, 2020

This Concert was filled with uncertainty as to the ability to attract an audience (mainly Seniors) in the COVID-19 situation. Despite a limit on attendance (capacity of 300 reduced to 90) with social distancing requirements and adequate sanitising procedures in place, CNL Brass only entertained an audience of twenty-two. Band members were pleased to present the concert – the first for the year. It was certainly appreciated by the few who were present.

Bruce Fletcher, cornet and Doug Hoepper, flugelhorn, feature in Children of Sanchez

Eight numbers comprised the first half, with Julie Loveridge featuring on soprano cornet in an Anne Murray hit, You Needed Me. Children of Sanchez, from the movie of the same name, provided the opportunity for principal cornet Bruce Fletcher and flugel horn player Doug Hoepper to display their musical skill. Battle Hymn of the Republic, a well-known tune written in 1864, concluded the first half.

Joe Sandy, principal trombone, features in Europa

Eight numbers also comprised the second half, commencing with a traditional March, Sons of the Soil. Joe Sandy, principal trombone, featured in the arrangement of Europa, while Breezin’ Down Broadway was well-received. The medley of six No1 hits by Sir Tom Jones was the highlight of the second half.
The Concert concluded with Time to Say Goodbye, a tribute to the band’s principal euphonium, David Walker OAM, who passed away recently.


Upcoming Events

2:00 pm Christmas in Brass Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
Christmas in Brass Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Come along and enjoy a great afternoon of musical entertainment. CNL Brass will present a variety of musical styles selected to contrast and to entertain. Wear a mask if you choose. There will be an[...]