It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-November and so close to the end of the year. It’s been a big year for us here at Bandhymns.com and we are so very thankful for all of the music we’ve been able to provide. We sure hope there are happy young musicians playing hymns out there!
About a year ago, we added this post announcing the availability of the Thanksgiving hymns. Time to do it again! You can get just one à la carte, OR better yet, buy them all along with a selection of Easter hymns as noted in this post.
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All of us on staff here at Bandhymns.com wish you and your family a Thanksgiving!
Inspired by the recent General Priesthood session of General Conference, Bandhymns.com is happy to announce that we’ve added two Priesthood hymns. The first is sung by Priesthood quorums all over the world! the well known and very popular Hymn #319, Ye Elders of Israel.
Both are ready for download now! Both of these hymns are great for beginners. They are in an easy key signature and range.
A Compilation of Music Inspired by General Conference
The staff here at Bandhymns.com look forward to General Conference weekend because of the inspirational messages from Church leaders, the wonderful choral arrangements, and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. But it is a guilty little pleasure for all of us to call it “Jammie Church”, especially on Sunday! We admit it – it’s really nice to lounge around on the couch and participate in the church meeting.
But what do you do with the 2-hour break between sessions? PLAY YOUR INSTRUMENTS, of course! So we are excited to announce a new compilation of Duet arrangements inspired by a “General Conference” theme for 2014.
Compilations are ready to download now for all our typical instruments. Click on your instrument and look at the top for the Duet Compilation list. This really is the best value and we hope you enjoy the set we’ve compiled.
Here’s the list of Hymns in the “General Conference Compilation 2014”:
- #2 – The Spirit of God
- #5 – High on a Mountain Top
- #13 – An Angel from on High
- #19 – We Thank Thee, O God, For a Prophet
- #83 – Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah
- #152 – God Be With You Til We Meet Again
- #249 – Called to Serve
- #258 – O Thou Rock of Our Salvation.
Music has always enjoyed an important presence within the LDS church and is featured prominently — not only in meetings and conferences, but in one of the most recognizable symbols of the church.The golden statue of Angel Moroni that sits atop many of the temples around the world show him sounding the horn of truth.
Here is a picture from the church archives of an early concept:
We were inspired by the upcoming General Conference to get a new hymn ready and we are happy to announce Hymn #13, An Angel from on High is available for download now!
Also, take a look at some of the other hymns we’ve released around conference time – there’s a good handful of tunes there to inspire you. General Conference will touch your spirit, if you are listening and open to the whisperings.
It is that time of year, the end of summer is upon us. Most of the kids here in the US are already back to school and looking forward to a long weekend and the first day off of school. Well, this also means that our music monkeys are back and have gotten back to work.
Bandhymns.com has two hymns to announce which are ready to download now for all instruments (and one of them has been in the “works” for months – started before everyone scattered for the break).
First is the pioneer hymn of faith, number 30, Come, Come, Ye Saints. This one has literally brought tears to many of our eyes here on staff – at trying times and for various reasons. It is a powerful hymn with meaningful lyrics and stirs our souls to introspection and pondering of deeper thoughts.
On an other end of the emotional spectrum, the second hymn ready today is hymn #249, Called to Serve. Sung by tens of thousands of missionaries all over the world and in all sorts of languages, this hymn is all about extroversion and marching forward with the message of the Gospel. We also thought the spirit of this hymn fit nicely with “Back to School” and the marching band season. Imagine what that would be like: one hundred missionaries marching in front of a 100-piece marching band playing Called to Serve! Powerful.
It is now one week away from Independence Day here in America and our music monkeys are no longer motivated by extra bananas . . . they are becoming irritated and if we push them too much more, they will become belligerent.
BUT the good news is that they were able to complete hymn #338, America the Beautiful, just in time. We are happy to offer duets of this hymn for our typical instruments. Now is a great time to download a duet and prepare for any Ward or Stake 4th of July activity or program.
Don’t forget My Country, ‘Tis of Thee and the Star-Spangled Banner, also available.
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Some of us on the staff at Bandhymns.com have had opportunity to travel this vast country and we have seen some spectacular sights; from the sun rise on Myrtle Beach to the sun set on La Jolla Beach; to hiking in the Rockies and Cascades; and walking the banks of the Mississippi. How do you sum up this beautiful country?
We pushed the music monkeys with extra bananas this week to get out patriotic hymns. The first duet done was Hymn #339, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.
Today, we are happy to announce the completion of Hymn #340, The Star-Spangled Banner, available for download right now.
NOTE: As with all our arrangements, the duets are written to play along with the hymn arrangement. This means that notes are tied to match the lyrics. Please refer to the hymnal.
With the 4th of July National Holiday in the USA right around the corner, the Staff here at Bandhymns.com wanted to complete the patriotic hymns in the very back of the hymnal. This post announces that the first of them is complete and ready for download now. We started with Hymn #339, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.
This brought us to a discussion about the music, the hymn, and our feelings regarding the United States of America. First, we are fully aware that You, our readers and followers, are NOT limited to the USA – we’re happy to say we have an international following! But with that said, we also point out that everyone on the Staff here at Bandhymns.com are citizens of the USA.
Without delving too deep into our personal political feelings, we fell it is safe to say that at one time, The United States of America was the Greatest Country in the World . . . but we’re not so sure that is still as true today as it was 60 years ago. This poster sums our feelings up nicely – our trust is in God the Father.
We had a special request to do hymn #254, True to the Faith, from a young woman planning to go with her stake youth on Pioneer Trek this summer. She’s super excited and was anxious to ask for the announced Trek theme. We were happy to oblige!
We have posted duet arrangements for hymn #254 for our typical instruments, available for download now. Please click on your instrument from our Get to the Music! page and scroll down to hymn #254. This duet is a fun one particularly in the second part. It’s got a wonderful moving part that is a lot of fun to play (after some practice). Check it out!
Not everyone on the staff here at Bandhymns.com has been on trek, but those who have certainly have stories to tell. We wish Kayla the best of luck for her upcoming trek!
The Staff here at Bandhymns.com would like to take a moment to offer our gratitude to all the men and women who have given their all to preserve the Constitution of the United States and protect our boarders and way of life.
We thank you on this Memorial Day!
“Giving your all” to a cause reminded us of two events in the life of Joseph Smith, an opening event which is commemorated in hymn #26, Joseph Smith’s First Prayer; and a closing event which is associated with hymn #29, A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.
Hymn #26 describes the seminal event which began the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which is known as the First Vision.
The martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith is often commemorated by singing hymn #29. Why? As noted in the History of the Church: “On the afternoon that Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in prison in Carthage, Illinois, the Smiths requested [John] Taylor sing [A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief] twice.” (B. H. Roberts (ed.) (1902). History of the Church, vol. 6, pp. 614–15; vol. 7, p. 101.)Bandhymns.com is pleased to provide duet arrangements of these two meaningful hymns for all our standard instruments available now for download.