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Hallowed Manger Ground

Christmas Selection

arr. Sam Creamer

NEW RELEASE

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MLB75
Purify My Heart
Song Arrangement
arr. Ty Watson

This arrangement features the Brian Doerksen song, Refiner's Fire. The lyrics of the chorus truly express the Christian desire to be holy.

MLB74
He Knows My Name
Trombone Solo
arr. Edward Mylechreest

This solo was written at the request of Nathan James, Bandmaster at Staple Hill Citadel, for a special occasion. The comforting words of the chorus remind us that we have a Heavenly Father who knows us by name and cares for each one of us.

MLB73
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Hymn Tune Arrangement
arr. Harrison Venables

This arrangement was written with the intention of honouring the familiar tune and text through its simplistic nature. The words remind the listener that God is constant, reliable and unfailing. His love never ends and His mercies are new each morning. It is hoped that the music would encourage the listener as they contemplate the promises of God. Great is Thy faithfulness!

MLB72
Happy Song!
Swing Arrangement
Sam Creamer

The tune Happy Song (T.B. 644), traditionally written in a march-type style, has been revived in this arrangement, giving it new life and providing a fresh connection for listeners. Emulating popular “horn bands” of groups such as Chicago or Earth, Wind and Fire from the ‘70s and ‘80s, the tune is transformed into a funky, driving shuffle feel. Originally written as a congregational accompaniment, it can still be used for that purpose if following the sequence of the arrangement (V1, C, V2, C x2).

MLB71
Risen Today
Festival Prelude
Marcus Venables

This opener was written for the North York Temple Band and uses the hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today (S.A.S.B. 218) as the main theme. Fragments of Thine is the Glory (S.A.S.B. 276), a favourite hymn at Easter, are also prevalent throughout the piece. Celebratory in nature, the overarching theme is the coming together of the Christian church to celebrate the Risen King. While the message of Easter is predominant, this would be a suitable selection at any time of the year.

MLB70
His Faithful Follower
Song Arrangement
David Edmonds

Originally written for the wedding of a member at Dunstable Corps, this piece features two melodies that accompany the words penned by Joseph Henry Gilmore (S.A.S.B. 645). The lyrics remind us that God is stronger than it all despite the many circumstances of life. We need only to follow where He leads, faithfully.

MLB69
Endless Victory
Selection
Kenneth Smith

Written for the 50th anniversary of the Burlington Corps, this selection features three songs chosen from among several favourites suggested by the congregation. The common theme is the endless victory in Christ experienced by those who answer the divine call to service (Who is on the Lord's side? S.A.S.B. 992), who prayerfully ask for the Lord's blessing and guidance in all their endeavours (Lord, if your presence, S.A.S.B. 1031), and who give God the glory for all He has done and is doing in their midst (Thine is the glory, S.A.S.B. 276).

MLB68
Let Me Walk with Him
Hymn Arrangement
arr. Mike Brooks

Set to the tune Maryton (T.B. 26), the words of this hymn (S.A.S.B. 667) provide a simple prayer, asking that we may walk closely with our Master. As we move toward a stronger fellowship with Jesus, we want to be more like Him. Our desire is to be more loving, humble and patient as we seek to do His work in our daily lives. May we always be reminded of this verse from Micah which says, "...to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8 NLT)

MLB67
The Lord is My Shepherd
Meditation
Ruben Schmidt

This is an original composition inspired by the words of Psalm 23, intended to help us reflect on God's presence, His comfort, and how He truly is the Good Shepherd in our Christian lives. Scripture reminds us, "You are with me. You comfort me. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

MLB66
Be Still, My Soul
Meditation
Jacob Slous

The well-known tune Finlandia is featured in this meditative arrangement. The contemplative nature of this piece provides the listener with the opportunity to reflect on the words commonly associated with this melody.

MLB65
Away in a Manger
Cornet Solo
arr. James Allen

James Allen has crafted a beautiful and simplistic cornet solo that blends together the two familiar tunes associated with this much-loved Christmas carol.

MLB64
My All
Song Arrangement
arr. Marcus Venables

My All is on the Altar (S.A.S.B. 609) is one of the most revered songs of consecration. The powerful and challenging words were penned by Mary Dagworthy James. Brindley Venables has written a new melody which his brother, Marcus, has set in this arrangement. The words of the chorus are simple but implore us to continually consecrate our lives for His purpose.

MLB63
As I Pray
Cornet Solo
arr. Andrew Poirier

Joy Webb's beautiful mix of melody and lyrics is arranged for cornet and band by Andrew Poirier. "Help me, Saviour, as I pray."

MLB62
Lord, Lift Me Up
Swing Arrangement
Kenneth Smith

A light-hearted swing arrangement of the gospel song Higher Ground by Johnson Oatman Jr. and Charles H. Gabriel, inspired by the words of the psalmist David: “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

MLB61
Psalm 46
Chorus Setting
David Rowsell

A straightforward arrangement based on Psalm 46:10 (NIV), “Be still and know that I am God.” “In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust” (S.A.S.B. 594) are additional words that are associated with this melody.

MLB60
I Will Be Still
Meditation
Craig Woodland

Exodus 14:14 (NIV) reminds us that “the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Two songs are woven together in this reflective arrangement centered on the theme of being still – Be Still for the Presence of the Lord (S.A.S.B. 353) and Still by Reuben Morgan. May the music remind us to find intentional ways of being still and allowing the Holy Spirit to fully enter our lives.

MLB59
In the Morning
Meditation
Philip Rayment

Each new morning brings a new beginning; a chance for the believer to start over thanks to God’s love. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” This piece explores the idea of new beginnings, with the focus of the ultimate new beginning – eternal life. It begins with a quote from the tune Carlisle (T.B. 147) to which we associate these words: “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love…”

MLB58
Day of Rejoicing
Festival Arrangement
David Rowsell

This piece was written to commemorate 125 years of banding at St John's Temple, Newfoundland, where the composer was the Bandmaster. It uses two familiar tunes, Simple Gifts and When We All Get to Heaven. It is from the latter song that the piece gets its name - "When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!"

MLB57
It Is Well
Song Arrangement
arr. Peter van der Horden

This piece was written for the “Spring 4 Band” concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is an annual event that brings together corps bands within the Maritime Division for a day of fellowship and music making. Each group comes prepared to play a few items and then unite as a massed band. Since the words and melody of this familiar song (S.A.S.B. 741) had always appealed to the composer, it was a fitting choice for this particular concert that celebrates mission and ministry within the division.

MLB56
Jesus Paid It All
Song Arrangement
Mike Brooks

This is a contemplative, meditative arrangement of a song that carries a powerful message. Appropriate for Easter or for any time of the year, the words speak of the purchase of our salvation through Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary. The melody was written by John T. Grape (1835 – 1915) and the words were penned by Elvina M. Hall (1820 – 1889).

MLB55
I Will Proclaim
Festival Arrangement
Marcus Venables

The song All Heaven Declares (S.A.S.B. 237) by Noel and Tricia Richards is featured in this arrangement for brass band that intentionally imitates and pays tribute to the iconic Fanfare of Praise by Robert Redhead, but in a more simplified form. The overall shape of the piece allows for a dramatic build to the end, which helps the listener reflect on the words that proclaim praise to the risen Lord.

MLB54
Love at Home
March
Sheldon E. Fox II

Love at Home was written for the Bermuda Divisional Band. It features the well-known song from Albert Orsborn that expresses themes of expectation and hope. The simple, yet powerful chorus proclaims: Greater things! 

Give us faith, O Lord, we pray,

Faith for greater things!

MLB53
Ellers
Hymn Tune Arrangement
Jonathan Rowsell

A modern setting of the well-known hymn tune Ellers that is both prayerful and majestic in nature. It is often associated with the three verses of Dorothy Ann Thrupp’s song, He Walks with God Who Speaks to God in Prayer.

MLB52
Near to the Heart of God
Song Arrangement
arr. Nicholas J. Samuel

Captain Nicholas Samuel presents a simple yet colourful arrangement of the song Near to the Heart of God by Cleland McAfee. This arrangement can also be used as a congregational accompaniment. 

MLB51
What Child is This?
Carol Arrangement
arr. Paul Vos

In 1865, William Chatterton Dix penned these words in the poem The Manger Throne. Today, using modified stanzas and set to the tune Greensleeves, this has become one of the most well-known Christmas carols. This setting, arranged by Paul Vos, is reflective of the text as it seeks to express the miraculous gift of Christ coming to earth as a baby. 

MLB50
Imagine
Song Arrangement
arr. Harrison Venables

The song I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard is arranged for brass band by Harrison Venables who seeks to stay true to the original nature and style of the song. The overall ethereal sound of the piece allows the listener’s mind and heart to imagine walking by our Saviour’s side.

MLB49
Here I Am To Worship
Soprano Cornet and Flugel Horn Duet
arr. Mike Brooks

Tim Hughes wrote this song in 2001 and it has continued to be a main-stay in the worship song literature over the last several years.  This duet is a simple rendition of the song, giving the performers and listeners a chance to reflect on the words.

MLB48
Bless the Lord!
Intrada
Philip Rayment

This piece takes the popular Matt Redman worship song, 10,000 Reasons, and combines it with elements of Stand Up and Bless the Lord.

MLB47
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Benediction
arr. Jonathan Rowsell

This piece was written with the intention of closing a concert or church service; though it can easily function as a Sunday morning band selection. The piece is based on the words and chorus by Helen Howarth Lemmel

MLB46
Canada 150
Festival March
Marcus Venables

This year, Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial. 
Marcus Venables has crafted a march that is widely accessible for corps bands across the country. It features well-known tunes that are representative of our nation, culminating in a majestic treatment of our national anthem. 

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