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Christmas Festival, A

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Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson

General Info

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


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
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


None discovered thus far.

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.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • 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
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 12 December 2019
  • Mahoosuc Community Band (Bethel, N. H.) (Patricia Boyle Wight, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Whippany, N.J.) (Matthew Paterno, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Whitehouse Wind Symphony (Somerville, N.J.) (James P. Sheeley, Jr., conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Holidat Invitational Band (Ricky Fleming, conductor) – 7 December 2019
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) – 7 December 2019
  • North Jersey (Fair Lawn) Concert Band (Michael Roth, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Andrey Cruz, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Amador County Concert Band (Pioneer, Calif.) (John Lillie, conductor) – 1 December 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


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