Sleigh Ride

From Wind Repertory Project
Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson

General Info

Year: 1948
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Belwin Mills/Alfred
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Full Score - $9.00


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 I-II-III (4-7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel (extended high range with high F required)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks (2)
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sleigh Ride is a light orchestra standard whose music was composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had formed the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946, and he finished the work in February 1948. The original recordings were instrumental versions. The lyrics, about riding in a sleigh and other fun wintertime activities, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950. The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. A selection of the artists who have recorded it include Herb Alpert, The Andrews Sisters, The Carpenters, Bing Crosby, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, the amazing Debbie Gibson, The Muppets, and Andy Williams.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) - 3 December 2023
  • West Valley High School (Yakima, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Kirk Knight, conductor) - 5 January 2023
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Shiree X. Williams, conductor) - 21 December 2022
  • Patrick Henry High School (Roanoke, Va.) Wind Symphony (Alexander Schmitt, conductor) - 20 December 2022
  • Kanawha Valley (W. Va.) Community Band (David Williams, conductor) - 16 December 2022
  • South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts (Greenville) Wind Ensemble (Leslie W. Hicken, conductor) - 12 December 2022
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Rochester, Penn.) (Kevin Newton, conductor) - 10 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
  • Bluewater Wind Ensemble (Sarnia, Ont., Can.) (Charles Dalmas, conductor) - 24 November 2022
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 22 December 2021
  • Bishop Carroll High School (Calgary, Alb., Can.) Symphonic Band (Cassandra Anvik, conductor) - 10 December 2021
  • National Concert Band of America (Washington, D.C.) (Adrian Holton, conductor) - 5 December 2021
  • North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) Concert Winds (Lawrence Van Oyen, conductor) - 5 December 2021
  • Grace College (Winona Lake, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Criss, conductor) – 29 November 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Concert Band (Chandler L. Wilson, conductor) - 22 November 2021
  • San Antonio (Tx.) Community Wind Ensemble (Albert Aguilar, conductor) - 13 December 2020
  • Central College (Pella, Iowa) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Eileen McGonigal, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Bands (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 8 December 2020
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) - 3 December 2020
  • University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) Symphonic Band (Anthony Pursell, conductor) - 2 December 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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