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Bugler's Holiday

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Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson (arr. Michael Edwards)

Subtitle: Bb Cornet Trio with Band

General Info

Year: 1954
Duration: 2:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Solo Cornets I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This trio may have motivated more trumpet players to learn or improve their double-tonguing technique in the last four decades than any other piece of music. Although the Holiday is relatively uncomplicated, performers are motivated to show their ability with articulations, bell tones, and proper balance. Above all, it's fun to play and hear.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Bugler’s Holiday is one of the best-known pieces of band literature written by the band master Leroy Anderson (1908-1975). Anderson was born in Cambridge, Mass., and began studying piano and music at the New England Conservatory of Music when he was 11 years of age. In 1931, Anderson became director of the Harvard Band. During his four-year tenure with this group, he composed several pieces, one of which was accepted to be played by the Boston Pops. This piece, titled Harvard Fantasy, was a success and resulted in Anderson becoming a regular composer for the ensemble. In 1945, the Pops’ lead trumpet player, Roger Voisin, requested Anderson to compose an original piece for trumpet. The result was Trumpeter’s Lullaby.

It was not until 1954 that Anderson again composed a piece featuring the trumpet. He wrote Bugler’s Holiday as a solo piece for three trumpets accompanied by a band. At that time, Anderson had his own ensemble that was recording for Decca Records. He hoped Bugler’s Holiday would become a hit, possibly helping the group surpass the success of their previous gold-record album released in 1951.

The solo trumpet parts in Bugler’s Holiday are written to imitate the sound of a bugle, a brass instrument without valves that is commonly used for military calls and fanfares. Anderson intended for the soloists to stand in front of the ensemble instead of sitting in seats among the band. Since the premiere of Bugler’s Holiday 60 years ago, the piece has remained a favorite among crowds and trumpet enthusiasts.

- Program Note Travis Bender

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Symphony Band (Jason Worzbyt, conductor) – 29 February 2020
  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Group I (Daniel Crain, conductor) - 26 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • San Diego (Calif.) State University Wind Symphony (Shannon Kitelinger, conductor) – 5 October 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • Corning Community Band (Elmira, N.Y.) (John Stranges, conductor) – 13 June 2019
  • Strafford Wind Symphony (Sanford, Me.) (Bruce Gatchell, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • Central Iowa Wind Ensemble (Mark A. Doerffel, conductor) - 5 May 2019
  • Santa Monica (Calif.) College (Kevin McKeown, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) – 2 May 2019
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBob, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Beckett, conductor) – 28 April 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Sooner Band (Brian Wolfe, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • State University of New York Oswego Wind Ensemble (Trevor Jorgensen, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 21 October 2018
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 2 September 2018
  • Karl K. King Municipal Band (Ft. Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold P. Jimmerson, conductor) - 1 July 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Gary Willems, conductor) – 12 June 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (John P. Paynter, conductor) – 2 March 1958

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 15.