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Swingin' on the Housetop

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Ralph Ford

Benjamin Hanby (arr. Ralph Ford)

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General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 1:35
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $59.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It don't mean a thing if it don't got that swing! Totally hip and features the bass! Students will feel soooooo cool playing this setting of Up on the Housetop.

- Program Note by publisher

Up on the House Top is a Christmas song written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864. It has been recorded by a multitude of singers, most notably Gene Autry in 1953.

According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, Up on the House Top was the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by Jingle Bells, which was written in 1857. It is also considered the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus.

According to Readers Digest Merry Christmas Song Book, Hanby probably owes the idea that Santa and his sleigh land on the roof of homes to Clement C. Moore's 1822 poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas (also commonly known as The Night Before Christmas).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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