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Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson

General Info

Year: 1950
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $87.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


  • Cornet III: m. 82, beat 3: Should be a written F-natural to match the concert Eb in Horn 2.

Program Notes

A Christmas Festival includes excerpts from Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Adeste Fidelis. Listen for the clever ways that Anderson weaves these themes together and his unconventional treatments of one or two of the traditional carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem sounds almost like a military march.

- Program note by University of Houston Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble concert program, 19 December 2012

A Christmas Festival, composed in 1950, is a concert overture built upon traditional Christmas songs. Originally recorded by the Boston Pops, it is the Christmas medley that sets the standard for all others. Anderson has encompassed the joy, celebration, and solemnity of Christmas in his arrangements of Joy To The World • Deck the Halls • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen • Good King Wenceslas • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing • The First Noel • Silent Night • Jingle Bells and O Come, All Ye Faithful.

- Program Note from Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band concert program, 1 December 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Heart of Texas Concert Band (San Antonio) ( R. Mark Rogers, conductor) - 18 December 2022
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Paul Bryan, conductor) - 16 December 2022
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Shiree X. Williams, conductor) - 21 December 2022
  • Bristol (Conn.) Brass & Wind Ensemble (Richard Theriault, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Matthew Morse, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • Watsonville (Calif.) Community Band (Brad Gronroos, conductor) - 9 December 2022
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsburg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) - 7 December 2022
  • Piedmont Wind Symphony (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (Mark A. Norman, conductor) - 6 December 2022
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Bruce David Adams, conductor) - 4 December 2022
  • The Southern Tier (Binghamton, N.Y.) Concert Band (Barry G. Peters, conductor) - 6 December 2021
  • Grace College (Winona Lake, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Criss, conductor) – 29 November 2021
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Bands (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) – 8 December 2020
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Steve Layman, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Arkansas Winds (Farmington) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tx.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 13 December 2019
  • Maybrook (N.Y.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Roy C. Coates, conductor) – 13 December 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Sleigh Ride (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Fernie) (1948/)
  • Sleigh Ride (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Torskangerpoll) (1948/2020)

All Wind Works


  • Anderson, L. [1950]. A Christmas Festival for Band [score]. Belwin Mills: New York.
  • Leroy Anderson website Accessed 14 May 2021