Thought from the band – Cameron Shanks

Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing testimonies and devotions from some of our band members.
 
Today we’d like to introduce you to Cameron Shanks. Cameron is a member of our percussion section and is an assistant greenkeeper at Bothwell Castle Golf Club.
Cameron is going to tell us about his favourite band pieces.
Music? What does that mean to you?
For me, music is probably once of the biggest aspects of my life, both playing and listening brings a real sense of happiness to me.
I was asked if I could share something about a couple of my favourite music pieces, so here goes. In the Salvation Army, we are so lucky to have a extensive repertoire of music from a wide range of talented composers so selecting a few of my favourite pieces from this is difficult.
Over the last 4 years or so, I have been able to attend the Territorial Youth Band (TYB) Course in Bournemouth. Every year, there is always those couple of pieces that stick with you, both devotional and bigger pieces. One of those was Hide Me Now, which was arranged by Paul Sharman from Regent Hall corps in London. The words behind this song are very moving and powerful to me, and it reminds me that God will shield me through tough times. This is a piece of music that we play in Bellshill Band, and one which we recorded on our latest CD (which if you haven’t got, your missing out!!).
 
Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand
 
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father, You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God
 
Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust
 
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father, You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God
 
Your Joy Oh lord
will be my strength,
Renouncing fear
We stand in your glorious grace.
 
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father, You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God
Another one of my all time favourites would be Guardian of My Soul. When I was made a Senior Soldier, this was the piece I asked the band to play, as it still speaks to me in so many ways. It reminds me that I’m never alone, and that God has my back through the tough times, and knows a plan for me.
I worship you, God’s only Son,
Who took my sins to the cross
So I could be completely free
To follow where you lead.
Lord you wounds are now my healing,
And I am wholly yours.
You know my name and where I’m going,
Guardian of my soul.
 
O let me hear thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will.
O speak to reassure me,
To chasten or control;
O speak to make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.
 
I’ll follow you, God’s only Son,
Along the road to the cross,
No other place can I find grace,
Unfathomed and unflawed.
And as I reach the hill of Calvary
And see your open arms,
I’ll know my name and where I’m going,
Guardian of my soul
 
To bring a more upbeat piece of music, I am a huge lover of some of Peter Graham’s larger works, such as Metropolis 1927, To Boldly Go, and The King of Heaven, but if I were to choose one of them, I would have to say The King of Heaven is a great piece and one of my top 10! I first played this whilst I was at TYB 2019, and absolutely loved it, now, whether it’s because I’m a percussionist and there’s lots to do in it or not, it was a really good piece to play.
Cameron Shanks

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