Away in a Manger (arr Davis)

From Wind Repertory Project
Chip Davis

Traditional (arr. Chip Davis; adapt. Robert Longfield)

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00  |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bells
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This sensitive and reflective treatment of the beloved carol has that unmistakable Mannheim Steamroller touch, filled with contemporary sounds and seasonal joy. This marvelous arrangement of the beloved carol builds from a soft and thinly scored opening to a powerful-sounding full band section, before returning to a quiet ending.

- Program Note from publisher

Away in a Manger is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. In Britain, it is one of the most popular carols; a 1996 Gallup Poll ranked it joint second. The two most-common musical settings are by William J. Kirkpatrick (1895) and James R. Murray (1887).

The earliest known publication, in The Myrtle in 1884, ascribed the lyrics to German Protestant reformer Martin Luther, explicitly referencing his 400th birthday (which was in 1883). For many years this attribution continued to be made. However, this attribution appears to be false: the hymn is found nowhere among Luther's works. It has been suggested that the words were written specifically for Luther's 400th anniversary and then credited to the reformer as a marketing gimmick.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • North County Winds (San Diego, Calif.) (Vince Hernandez, conductor; Kristen Stratten, vocal) - 1 December 2023
  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, Calif.) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Tualatin (Ore.) Valley Community Band (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • North Jersey Concert Band (Fairlawn) (Michael Roth, conductor) – 1 December 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 11 December 2016
  • Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Community Band (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 13 December 2015
  • WACO High School (Wayland, Iowa) Band – 12 December 2010

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Away in a Manger, Wikipedia Accessed 25 December 2015
  • Davis, C.; Longfield, R. (2003). Away in a Manger: Traditional [score]. Dots and Lines, Ink: Omaha, Neb.