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State Champions 2011

CNL Brass was one of five bands to contest Open C Grade Brass at the Band Association of New South Wales Band Championships held at Penrith on 24 September. The band was defending the C Grade trophy it won in 2010.

“Winners are Grinners!!” CNL Brass. 2011 State Champion Open C Grade Brass Band

The three items performed for adjudication were the hymn His Provision, the common test Prelude and Jubilate and the own choice Portrait of a City. Marks awarded were 46/50 (third), 94/100 (first) and 94/100 (first) respectively, a total of 234, earning the band the Winner’s Shield by one point from Warringah Concert Brass No.2.

Musical Director Ron Boaden wore a broad smile when he walked onto the stage to accept the Trophy on behalf of the band. Ron was very praiseworthy of the dedication shown by band members in preparation for the Championships, with the extension of weekly rehearsal times and the scheduling of additional rehearsals.

Musical Director Ron Boaden accepts Winner’s Shield for State Open C Grade Brass from adjudicator Bill Broughton.

Wallsend Winter Carnivale: Sunday 14 August, 2011

CNL Brass led the Parade for the twenty-sixth year and entertained those in attendance with a forty-five minute concert program in the ideal location of the Wallsend Band Rotunda.

CNL Brass leads the Wallsend Winter Carnivale Parade

CNL Brass leads the Wallsend Winter Carnivale Parade

CNL Brass was one of four community bands that provided entertainment throughout the day.

The Wallsend Winter Carnivale has three performance stages other than the Rotunda and in the largest one day suburban festival event in the region.

Contest: Hunter Regional Band Association’s Soloist and Ensemble Championships

Several CNL Brass members had success at the Hunter Regional Band Association’s Soloist and Ensemble Championships held on Sunday 7 August.

Clarence Leung, principal cornet, was the winner of the Open Cornets and Trumpets event. As winner of this event, Clarence was presented with the Phillip Clack Perpetual Trophy.

Clarence Leung

Clarence Leung, principal cornet, winner of the Open Cornets and Trumpets event at the Hunter Regional Band Association's 2011 Solos,with the Phillip Clack Perpetual Trophy.

The Euphonium duo of Brendon Jones and David Walker contested the Open Duet event and proved to be the winning combination. It was the first time that CNL Brass has been represented by a euphonium duet.

Brendon Jones and David Walker

Successful duo Brendon Jones and David Walker, winners of the Open Duet event at the recent Hunter Regional Band Association's 2011 Solos.

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs Concert

Adamstown Uniting Church
Sunday 3 July

CNL Brass presented twenty-one items to a mainly seniors audience in its second of three concerts for 2011. Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs prompted a varied repertoire and provided the opportunity to feature soloists, duets and trios during the performance.

Elizabeth Sturgeon, who usually plays third cornet, gave her first solo performance in front of the band, playing Share My Yoke. Bruce Fletcher and Clarence Leung combined on Soprano Cornet and Bb Cornet to present Pie Jesu, while the trombone trio of Anthony Fowler, Stephen Townsend and Arthur Howard “lightened up” the program with All Aboard-This Train is Bound for Glory.

Well-known Hymns such as Blessed Assurance, The Old Rugged Cross and Abide With Me were popular inclusions. Two of Barrie Gott’s arrangements, Light-Walk and Swingtime Religion added variety to the afternoon.

The afternoon concluded with Eric Ball’s arrangement of The Hallelujah Chorus.

It was surprising, but very pleasing for the band that members of the audience stood and applauded at the conclusion of the concert. This type of response was “a first” for the band.

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