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  • David Winkler

Updated: Aug 9, 2019



Here in Austin, the orchestra I direct is preparing a patriotic concert which we'll be presenting towards the end of June. It's an opportunity not only to celebrate the blessings of living in America, but also to encourage prayer for our country and our leaders.


There are several selections from our website listings that I want to call your attention to, in case you may also have a need for patriotic music: God Bless America – A new arrangement of the chorus only of this "second national anthem," arranged for several options ... a cappella choir, instrumental ensemble only (or band or orchestra), or vocals with instrumental accompaniment (ideal for congregational singing). God of Our Fathers (with Faith of Our Fathers) – Scored for church orchestra. Marine's Hymn (with Semper Fidelis) – Duet for clarinet and cello (opt. bassoon or bass clarinet), with optional piano accompaniment. A Noble Calling – March for concert band/orchestra (based on a composition by my great-great grandfather, Christopher Philip Winkler!). Prelude: 49th Parallel – Originally from a World War II era film, this beautiful chorale-like piece by Ralph Vaughan Williams has been arranged for concert band, with optional strings.

Are you planning any special patriotic music presentations? I'd love to hear about it.

Write me at david@davidwinkler.com.

#patrioticmusic #GodBlessAmerica #faith

  • David Winkler

Updated: Aug 9, 2019



It's a good idea every once in a while to stop and ask ourselves, "Why do we do what we do? And does the Bible have anything to say about it?" This month I want to recommend a resource by a longtime friend of mine, Brian Hedrick. Brian serves as the orchestra director at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. He's written a wonderful little book (which was actually his doctoral thesis) titled The Biblical Foundations of Instrumental Music in Worship. In this book, Brian presents four "pillars" of instrumental worship, citing both Old Testament and New Testament references. To order a copy, visit Brian's website.


On his website you can also access a short lecture here, in which he presents much of the material from the book. Brian shares some excellent ideas in the blog section of his website.

Let me recommend also "The Handbook" that Brian offers as a free download, which has lots of great ideas about organizing and maintaining a church instrumental music ministry.

What resources have you found which have been helpful to you in your instrumental music ministry? I would be interested to hear your comments or questions.

Write me at david@davidwinkler.com.


  • David Winkler

Updated: Aug 9, 2019



He is risen indeed!

Easter is a little later this year - April 21 - and if you need ideas for instrumental numbers, here are a few from our website:

All Glory, Laud and Honor — advanced orchestra Celebrate Jesus —advanced orchestra Crown Him with Many Crowns — easy orchestra How Beautiful — advanced orchestra There Is a Fountain — easy orchestra At the Cross — brass ensemble In Christ Alone — trombone ensemble What Wondrous Love Is This — string ensemble Crown Him with Many Crowns and There Is a Redeemer — from the REJOICE collection for Trumpet and Piano For music to accompany congregational singing, please consider the following: At Calvary — (Lifeway Worship / Watkinsville Worship) Crown Him with Many Crowns — (Lifeway Worship traditional hymn) In Christ Alone - Brass Quintets — Hymns for Congregational Singing series He Is Lord — Colossians 3:16 Project When I Survey (Lifeway Worship contemporary hymn) I would be interested to learn what special things you are planning for Easter. Please write me at david@davidwinkler.com.


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