All You Need Is Love

Lennon-McCartney, arr. Dorothy Gates
USA Eastern Territory Music Department/Triumphonic Collection
Price: $49.95

This arrangement was written in 2007 at the request of Staff Bandmaster Ron Waiksnoris, who wanted a brass band version of the Canadian Brass arrangement. The original Beatles song opens with the French national anthem, but, given the Salvation Army connection, the arranger thought it would be more appropriate to use the Salvation Army’s anthem - “O Boundless Salvation”. More specifically, to use the opening measures of Sir Dean Goffin’s definitive arrangement:

O boundless salvation! Deep ocean of love

The Salvation Army is love in action. Christ’s explanation to the Pharisees of His day was quite clear – all you need is love. John Lennon came up with the same idea many years later.