The Great Rescue (2009, rev. 2011)

Duration: approx. 4:00

This march was requested by Bandmaster Adam Robins for the Morley (UK) band of The Salvation Army. Adam and I go back a number of years (both junior SA musicians in Yorkshire in the 1980s) and this piece came about from a chance meeting in London one day.

At that time (2008/09) Morley band had recently completed some work in putting together its mission statement and a document used by band members quoted the Army’s founder William Booth speaking about Salvation Army bands:

"They are to work for the good of the corps and for the salvation of souls, and for nothing else. We are not going to stick them up on the platform, nor march them through the streets to perform and be admired. They are to go there and blow what they are told, and what the Commanding Officer thinks will be best for the good of the corps and the salvation of souls, and if they won’t blow for this object, let them stop their playing.  We want nobody like that amongst us. The man must blow his cornet and shut his eyes, and believe while he plays that he is blowing salvation into somebody and doing something that will be some good…”

 Computer generated track

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Sample score pages
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I noticed the twice-stated phrase “salvation of souls”, and this prompted the title ‘The Great Rescue’ and the use of the contemporary worship song ‘Thank you for saving me’.  Listen out for references to various adventure film scores - there are at least two in there. 

Thank You for saving me;
What can I say?
You are my everything,
I will sing Your praise.
You shed Your blood for me;
What can I say?
You took my sin and shame,
A sinner called by name.

Great is the Lord.
Great is the Lord.
For we know Your truth has set us free;
You've set Your hope in me.

Mercy and grace are mine,
Forgiven is my sin;
Jesus, my only hope,
The Saviour of the world.
'Great is the Lord,' we cry;
God, let Your kingdom come.
Your word has let me see,
Thank You for saving me.

Martin Smith
© 1993 Curious? Music UK/Adm. by Kingsway's Thankyou Music

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