On High! (2003)

GS (August 2014)
Duration: approx. 4:00 mins

This work was requested in 2003 by the late Bandmaster James 'Jim' Wright for the Yorkshire Divisional Youth Band, of which he was in charge at that time.

Leanne and I were serving in our first appointment at Stockport at the time and I remember speaking to Jim over the phone about writing a piece for the band. If you knew Jim Wright you know that 'fun' was very much his middle name. He must have wanted a 'fun' or bright and bubbly item as I remember toying with the idea of arranging Chris Baker's sensational song Jesus is my light - a project I have yet to complete (somebody else is bound to beat me to it!), but in the end, having recently completed The Name - an arrangement of a contemporary song set over a minor-key rock rhythm that kind of worked well - I decided to write another arrangement in the same vein.

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After sending the music across Jim invited Leanne and myself to a band practice and I was able to take the band through it.  I think it was on that evening in 2003 that I first met former International Staff Bandsman Damien Wileman - himself an up and coming composer.

So, On High! takes the praise and worship song Lord I lift your name on high and sets it over a minor key rock rhythm. Unlike The Name, it doesn't speed up or go into double time. Instead, it finishes at the same speed and in the same key.

On High! and The Name were submitted to the Army's music department together in 2003. I received word that The Name would be used and it was published in 2005, but On High! remains unpublished. At the request of the music department I resubmitted it in 2008 for review, and it was then asked for again early in 2011... watch this space! [Edit Jan 2014 - it's now to be published!]

I just want the piece to be played and heard so I was pleased to provide this piece for Craig Lewis - a Canadian Staff Bandsman and Bandmaster at Hamilton Salvation Army, ON Canada - to use at the Scotian Glen Music & Gospel Arts Camp, Nova Scotia in summer 2011, where he and his wife Helen were the special guests (see a video here).

Lord, I lift Your name on high;
Lord, I love to sing Your praises.
I'm so glad You're in my life;
I'm so glad You came to save us.

You came from heaven to earth to show the way,
From the earth to the cross,
My debt to pay.
From the cross to the grave,
From the grave to the sky,
Lord, I lift Your name on high.

Rick Founds
© 1989 Maranatha! Music/Adm. by CopyCare

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