This album came about following a remark from a professional saxophone player who having recently been commissioned a solider in The Salvation Army asked if she could play saxophone in the band. As it happens, during the early 20th Century some brass bands did include saxophones, such as Swindon, Reading and Chalk Farm Bands who all included a saxophone section. Even the Melbourne and New York Staff Bands sported saxophones for a time!
But what instrument part would the saxophone play and what would the band sound like? The challenge to find out was born. Choosing the right tracks to record was pondered and with the help of Bandmaster Gavin Lamplough the popular upbeat dance rhythms, such as swing arrangements were chosen. Certainly saxophones would add a new colour to the band and their ability to bend into notes would show the dexterity of the instrument. All the composers were approached and discussions started around which part each saxophone would play. Subsequently, a diverse group of professional saxophone players were booked and after months of preparation, we entered the recording studio.
We hope you enjoy this unique album showing the diversity of this renowned Salvation Army Band as well as picking up on the excitement and joy that both band and saxophones had playing together recording this album.
|1||Since Jesus||Leonard Ballantine|
|2||Faith is the Victory||Sam Creamer|
|3||Morning Star||Ian Robinson|
|4||Telling It||Sam Creamer|
|5||What a Wonderful Day||Andreas Holmlund|
|6||High Over All||Sam Creamer|
|7||Lift Up Your Voice||Stephen Bulla|
|8||Deep River||William Broughton|
|10||Any Time||Sam Creamer|
|11||Where I Love to Be||Kevin Larsson|
|12||Time To Shine||Andrew Mackereth|
|13||Swing Wide the Pearly Gate||Andreas Holmlund|
|14||On Duty||Paul Sharman|