Hallowed Manger Ground
arr. Sam Creamer
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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!
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).
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.
His Faithful Follower
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.
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).
Let Me Walk with Him
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)
The Lord is My Shepherd
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."
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.
Lord, Lift Me Up
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.”
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.
I Will Be Still
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.
In the Morning
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…”
Day of Rejoicing
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!"
It Is Well
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.
Jesus Paid It All
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).
I Will Proclaim
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.
Love at Home
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!
What Child is This?
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.
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.
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.
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.