The First Noel
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Hymn Tune Arrangement
arr. Olaf Ritman
This arrangement of Londonderry Air (T.B. 736) was written specifically for the composer’s mother-in-law. It is one of her favourite tunes and after asking for an arrangement for several years, it finally came to fruition. This rendition offers a fresh and original feel to a tune that is well-known and has been arranged many times. It is hoped that the listener finds comfort in the lyrics (S.A.S.B.171) penned by William Young Fullerton.
All to God
arr. Jeremy Avery
Originally written for the youth band at Meadowlands Corps, All to God features the song Lord, I Make a Full Surrender (S.A.S.B. 602) alongside the more contemporary song I Surrender by Phil Laeger (Hallelujah Choruses 160). The lyrics of both songs express the desire to fully surrender our lives to God and claim salvation through Him.
This piece was written as the signature march for the Jubilee Brass Fellowship Band. The band is led by the composer and is comprised of Salvationists from across Southwestern Ontario. It features the chorus Grace, Grace, God’s Grace and the well-known song Amazing Grace (S.A.S.B. 453). This is a very playable march that incorporates two familiar melodies, making it useful for ecumenical services or outdoor events.
Victory and Praise
Written for the timbrel elective at Territorial Music School in 2013, Victory and Praise is an energetic and percussion-driven piece that features the familiar song Victory in Jesus (S.A.S.B. 464). The words of the chorus serve as the source of inspiration.
Friend of God
arr. Marcus Venables
The worship song Friend of God is given a lively treatment in this arrangement. Written for the massed bands at the 2020 Ontario Central East Division's Micro Music Camp, this piece is a group proclamation of the assurance that God is mindful of us, hears us, thinks of us, and love us. The piece begins and ends with statements of the well-known song What a Friend We Have in Jesus (S.A.S.B. 795).
arr. Simon Gough
This arrangement features the worship song Cornerstone, made popular by Hillsong, and incorporates the chorus of the tune Solid Rock (T.B. 446). Since Christ is our solid rock, our worship needs to reflect this truth. There is power in proclaiming this truth corporately. As the band plays the melodies that carry these powerful words, it is hoped that the players and listeners will claim this in their own lives.
In Sweet Communion
Hymn Tune Arrangement
arr. Ryan Broughton
This arrangement features Albert Orsborn's beloved tune Brantwood (T.B. 199) to which we associate the words I Know Thee Who Thou Art (S.A.S.B. 79). The text expresses the confidence of knowing our identity in Christ and the profound influence He can have in our lives if we allow Him to walk alongside us.
Beaver Creek Camp
This march was written to commemorate the 70th anniversary celebration of the Salvation Army’s Beaver Creek Camp in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Do, Lord! and Sing Hosanna! (T.B. 830) are the featured choruses that have proven to be camp favourites for many years. This is a lighthearted and joyful march that exudes the enjoyment felt by many who have attended this special place and for those who will continue to do so in the years to come.
There is a Fountain
This arrangement was written for the Canadian Staff Band's 50th Anniversary celebration in March 2019. This well-known hymn (S.A.S.B. 202) is presented in a meditative and patient setting featuring the tune Covenant (T.B. 66). The words to this hymn also fit the original melody that is introduced after the first chorus by the Flugel Horn. There are several quotes from the hymn I Know a Fount where the band states "there's a wonder-working power in the blood of Calvary." This arrangement reminds the listener of the redeeming power of Christ's sacrifice, but also boldly proclaims, "I do believe, I will believe, that Jesus died for me."
Hallowed Manger Ground
arr. Sam Creamer
Hallowed Manger Ground is an arrangement of Chris Tomlin's Christmas song of the same name which has grown in popularity in recent years. Woven throughout the melody of this contemporary carol are references to traditional carols such as Away in a Manger, The First Noel and O Come Let Us Adore Him. The scene of a starry, first Christmas night is set right from the start before building to a climax of praise and adoration, as depicted in the lyrics, eventually returning to the manger setting to finish the piece.
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).
Thy Will is a meditation that takes us on a spiritual journey – one of seeking, praying and submission. It begins with a seeking heart, expressed through the words of the chorus Silently Now I Wait for Thee (S.A.S.B. 786). This moves into a prayerful attitude that appeals to the Lord for the revelation of His will in our lives through the chorus O Speak (S.A.S.B. 762). We don’t always hear what we want or expect which often causes confusion and doubt. Only through complete submission, surrender and obedience can we follow the will of our Master (At Thy Feet I Bow Adoring S.A.S.B. 572). The piece closes with the simple reminder from the song Sweet Will of God: “Sweet Will of God, still fold me closer.”
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.