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Crossroads Christian Fellowship Concert: Thursday 26th September, 2019

CNL Brass presented its second one hour Concert for the year, entertaining about forty developmentally disabled people on Thursday evening. The band supports the Garden Suburb Uniting Church Committee, who host the evening. Eleven numbers were played, two of which were medleys, featuring the songs of The Beatles and ABBA. Both were very popular.

The audience on the move to marching music

The Concert commenced with The Spitfire March, written by the Australian composer Robert McAnally. Musical Director Bruce Rowlatt invited a very keen audience member, David, to accept the “assistant” conductor role. David conducted the very lively march The Cossack. Included in the Concert was the “always requested” The Floral Dance. It was certainly an enjoyable occasion for both the audience and band members.

“From Argentina to Oregon” Concert: Sunday 15th September, 2019


Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass

The Spitfire March, composed by Australian Robert McAnally to honour Australian pilots who flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain during World War II, opened the Program “with a flourish”. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, a no.1 hit from the musical Evita, in which the spirit of the dead Evita exhorts the Argentinian people not to mourn her, drew sustained applause. Flashes for Band, a composition of five movements, each of a different musical style and played by the band for the first time, was well-received. The everlasting music of The Beatles was featured with a medley of five gold hits, including Eight Days a Week and Yesterday. Billy Joel’s rather sombre, but appealing Leningrad, followed. The first half concluded with the very lively and foot-tapping folk song from the mid 1800’s, All Around My Hat.

The Band opened the second half with one of William Rimmer’s many Marches, The Cossack. The audience was delighted with I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. The feature number for the Concert, Jacob De Haan’s Oregon-Fantasy for Brass Band, a ten-minute composition with essentially American Themes, challenged the audience to imagine the scenes that the composer was endeavouring to convey musically about the American State of Oregon. Love Changes Everything, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Musical Aspects of Love followed and, with both the recent Stage Musical and Movie Mamma Mia promoting the music of ABBA, the ABBA Gold Medley of four no.1 hits, including Dancing Queen and Fernando, drew applause. The ballad I’ll Be There was a hit for The Jackson 5 in 1970 when Michael Jackson was only eleven years of age. It was a hit with the audience today. Does Your Mother Know, from Mamma Mia, a lively ABBA dance number, kept the audience interested The Concert finished with a Scottish flavour with Musket, Fife and Drum. In simple terms, a good time was had by all.

Band Association of New South Wales Long Service Awards

Four current members of CNL Brass were recently presented with Long Service Badges. This foursome represents a total of one hundred and ninety years of dedicated service with Band Association of New South Wales bands.

Standing; Left to right

Bruce Fletcher, Principal Cornet. Recipient of a Forty Year Service Badge.

Heather Walker, Percussionist. Recipient of a Thirty Year Service Badge.

Arthur Howard, Bass Trombone. Recipient of a Sixty Year Service Badge.


David Walker OAM, Principal Euphonium. Recipient of a Sixty Year Service Badge.

David and Heather are a father and daughter combination. All players over the years have been members of various bands. David is currently the President of CNL Brass.

“From The Masters To Bond” Concert: Sunday 7th April 2019


Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass as the band entertains

The Concert opened with The Dambusters March from the 1955 movie of the same name. My Way followed, being a well-known hit for the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. The rock and roll number Proud Mary, a number one hit for Ike and Tina Turner, provided a lively contrast. Three Klezmer Miniatures, a medley of three Jewish folk songs, had audience appeal, particularly the last of the three, Hava Nagila, which is always popular, with its slow start and very lively finish. The number Sway, popular in the forties with dance bands, did cause the audience to sway to the tune. Homage to Pharoah, a more serious number, provided contrasting styles in the arrangement, commencing with a fanfare, featuring different sections of the band, having some quiet moments and finishing with a crescendo. The first half closed with the foot-tapping number, The Floral Dance, composed 108 years ago and still having great audience appeal.

Marcus Holdsworth features on trombone

Aces High, the well-known march from the musical score of the 1969 film, The Battle of Britain, opened the second half of the Concert. Jupiter’s Theme, from The Planets Suite, by Gustav Holst, provided a calming contrast to Aces High. The real challenge for the band came next, with the performance of the classical From The New World Symphony, the most popular of Antonin Dvorak’s nine symphonies. It was well-received. Georg Friedrich Handel’s slow march, March In Scipio, composed in 1725 and chosen as the Slow March by the British Grenadier Guards, retained the interest of the audience, as did another of Handel’s compositions, the slow and stately Sarabande. Marcus Holdsworth, principal trombonist, then led the band with the lively Spanish dance number, Roberto’s Bolero. A medley of numbers from the ever popular James Bond 007 movies, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and The James Bond Theme, almost concluded the Program, but sustained applause resulted in the band playing an encore number Y.M.C.A. The refrain, repeated five times in the arrangement, gave the audience the opportunity to “get involved”, forming the letters Y, M, C, A with arm movements above their heads.

CNL Brass enjoyed presenting the Concert and, by their response with applause for each item, the audience enjoyed it as well.


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