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    Psalm 98:4 tells us to “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.” This energetic rendition of Lift Up the Banner (S.A.S.B. 989) seeks to capture the Psalmist’s invitation to praise. The text painting within the middle section’s minor key transition refers to a Christian’s struggle with secular surroundings, leading into a triumphant final verse that emphasizes the text, “To God the world shall yet belong!”


    Ensure that whenever the “shot rhythm” is played that it is balanced with the rest of the band. The scalic sections are musically simplistic, however timing is crucial to enhance performance. Ensure the melody is always prominent. Particularly in the introduction, linkages, and final verse, the 2nd Cornet and Trombone parts should be heard. Bandmasters should consider reiterating the lyrics to encourage musicians to enter into their own worship experience.


    Michael Cooper was born and raised in Port Macquarie, Australia. As a child, he received his formative musical training from his grandfather and actively participated in all musical sections of the local corps. Michael subsequently moved to Brisbane, Australia where he currently resides. He is the bandmaster at the Brisbane City Temple corps where he worships alongside his wife and two children. Over the last several years, Michael has developed a passion for arranging music for small ensembles as well as worship and brass band composition. He has recently been published in the Australian Noel Jones Series and is anticipating his first publication with Salvationist Publishing & Supplies in late 2024. This is Michael’s third contribution to the MLB journal.