20951, SAB with opt. vocal trio, $2.60
Date released: 2002
A toe-tapping, hand-clapping reminder of how wonderful heaven will be – think “tent meeting” revival! Hayes has skillfully woven together “I’ll Fly Away,” “We’ll Understand it Better By and By,” “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” in the traditional gospel style that suits all of these timeless favorites so well. The piece opens with an SAB trio crooning the first verse of “I’ll Fly Away,” and then all voices join in to enjoy the arrangement. You must hear the instrumental accompaniment track! Moderately challenging due to some 3-part divisi for sopranos and altos, but 4-part sections are well-balanced with unison and 2-part. Excellent choice as a concert closer!