The Bible tells us to sing praises to God and worship Him with our voices. The Bible also tells us to make joyful music unto the Lord and worship Him with instruments. Honoring God Music is about providing music for musicians (instrumental and vocal) to use in worshipping our Lord and Savior.
As a Minister of Music I have often been frustrated by limitations beyond my control when trying to prepare music for worship--budget is always a concern for small churches, having the right music for the players you have is often a challenge, players with the skill level can be hard to find, and the list goes on and on. I have bought a great deal of music over the years trying to find music that is accessible but interesting and that allows me the flexibility to put it in front of volunteer musicians of all varieties (young, old, beginner, intermediate, brass, woodwind, you name it) and hope for positive results. Most of the time the results are not so positive. For that reason, I decided to arrange music that would work for any ensemble to use in churches or other worship settings.
Some churches are large and in a populated area where musicians seem to grow on trees, but, the vast majority of churches have a limited number of instrumental musicians available and they may play various different instruments. Finding music to fit the available instruments and still sound good is a huge challenge. My goal is to provide music that will fill this need and help all churches honor God with joyful music.
The Brass Quintet is the standard small brass ensemble. It usually consists of 2 trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba, though many variations are possible. The quintet can be very expressive and is able to play a wide variety of music. This is a favorite ensemble of many brass players. It is my goal to provide music that will be fun for the players, enjoyable for the listeners, and above all, honoring to God.
4 Part Series
These arrangements are designed to be flexible, useful, and able to provide variety and yet, still provide the basic harmonic foundation to be used in a worship setting.
Each arrangement includes 4 parts. Part 1 is the melody, parts 2 and 3 harmony parts, and part 4 is basically the bass part (I make it a point to keep it interesting and not just the roots of the chords all the time). All four parts are provided for all instruments (different transpositions, ranges, etc.).
Each arrangement can be played as a solo, a duet (with several variations), a trio (several variations), and a quartet.
For example: for a duet, part 1 can be played along with part 2, part 3, or part 4. (Three duets in one.) Several verses can be played with different combinations of the parts to keep each verse from being exactly the same. Variety is good for the players and the listeners.
For a trio you can use parts 1, 2, and 3; or parts 1, 2, and 4; or parts 1, 3, and 4.
You can take turns with the melody and harmony parts. If you have two or three different instruments (flute, clarinet, and trombone) taking turns with the melody and the various parts could keep this duet or trio sounding fresh through several verses.
I know this sounds obvious but I have bought music for 4 parts and been disappointed to find that only one of the harmony parts makes a good duet with the melody because of the nature of the arrangement.
My goal is to provide as much flexibility and variety as possible.