Little Drummer Boy, The (arr Ployhar)

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Katherine Kennicott Davis

Katherine Kennicott Davis (arr. James D Ployhar)

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This work is also known as Carol of the Drum.

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1970
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

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Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III

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Program Notes

The Little Drummer Boy (originally known as Carol of the Drum) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers and realized on the choir's first LP Christmas with the Trapp Family Singers and released as a single (45 rpm). These were the first recordings released on their new record label Decca Records and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. This version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.

In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the nativity where, without a gift for the infant Jesus, he played his drum with the Virgin Mary's approval, remembering "I played my best for Him" and "He smiled at me."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Davis, K.; Onorati, H.; Simeone, H.; Ployhar, J. (1970). The Little Drummer Boy [score]. Belwin Mills: Melville, N.Y.
  • Little Drummer Boy, Wikipedia Accessed 29 December 2016