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Childhood Hymn, A

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William Batchelder Bradbury

William Batchelder Bradbury (arr. David Holsinger)

General Info

Year: 1862 / 1991
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Low Reeds
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
Cornets /Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal


Possible errata in some editions:

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, m.5: Last note of the triplet is an F-sharp in the score, but a G in the part. (Two g’s in a row rather than the descending scale.)
  • Euphonium, m.16: Second note is a C in the score, but a B-flat in the part. (Two B-flats in a row rather than the descending scale.)
  • Trombone II, m.26: Last note is G in the score, but an F in the part.
  • Trombone II, m.28: Second note is a G-flat in the score but an A-flat in the part.

Program Notes

David Holsinger based this beautiful composition on the Bradbury tune Jesus Loves Me, which can be heard in various iterations throughout the work. This is a standard work for young developing wind bands.

- Program note by Cabrillo High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 22 May 2013


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Florida: II
  • Georgia: III
  • Iowa: II
  • Kansas: II
  • Louisiana: II
  • Maryland: II
  • Mississippi: IV-A
  • North Carolina: II
  • South Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: II
  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Virginia: II
  • Wisconsin: II
  • West Virginia: II


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (unconducted) - 28 October 2020
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Symphonic Winds (Sarah Labovitz, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Concordia University (Irvine, Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jeff Held, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Fletcher Ferrara, conductor) – 18 June 2019
  • Mercyhurst D’Angelo University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 30 September 2018
  • University of Louisville (Ky) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 10 April 2018
  • El Capital Middle School (Fresno, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Christopher Golden, conductor) - 15 April 2016 (2016 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Catawba Valley New Horizons Band, Hickory NC (Len Allman, conductor) May 2016
  • Bullard (Calif.) High School Concert Band (Bradly Feyma, conductor) - 15 March 2013 (2013 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.))
  • Cabrillo High School Wind Ensemble (Elizabeth Morgan, conductor) - 22 May 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Holsinger, D. (1991). A Childhood Hymn [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City, Mo.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 128-135.