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The Little Drummer Boy

Music by Katherine K. Davis

"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. First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone 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 of Jesus. Without a gift for the Infant, the little drummer boy played his drum with approval from Jesus' mother, Mary, recalling, "I played my best for him" and "He smiled at me".

    Release Date: 1951


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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King's Singers : 40th Anniversary Collection : SATB divisi : 01 Songbook : 884088217242 : 1423434803 : 08748224

King's Singers : 40th Anniversary Collection

To celebrate their 40th anniversary the Kings Singers compiled a collection of their most-requested arrangements from the past 15 years since the release of the still best-selling 25th anniversary songbook. Some. like "Danny Boy", "All I Ask Of You" and "Blackbird" date from earlier in the group's history but are still performed regularly by the group and choirs all over the world. Others, such as "Down To The River To Pray", "Under The Sea" and "Africa" have already established themselves in the repertoire of many groups they come in contact with on their tours. Here, then, is a carefully selected mix of folk songs, pop songs and spirituals plus the exquisite Victorian parlor song "The Long Day Closes".

Songlist: Africa, All I Ask Of You, Blackbird, Danny Boy, Down to The River to Pray, The Little Drummer Boy, The Long Day Closes, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Penny Lane, Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Under The Sea, The Water Is Wide

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Performed by King's Singers | 9633b | Songbook | $8.95 | A Cappella


Andy Williams : Christmas Collection : Solo : Songbook : 884088513382 : 1423496035 : 00307158

Andy Williams : Christmas Collection

21 holiday songs from this timeless standards crooner and one who's probably best-loved for his Christmas recordings and TV shows. The songs are presented in vocal arrangements in the original keys as sung by Williams.

Songlist: The Bells Of St. Mary's, Blue Christmas, Christmas Bells, The Christmas Song, Do You Hear What I Hear, The First Noel, Happy Holiday, The Holiday Season, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells, Mary's Little Boy Child, My Favorite Things, O Holy Night, Silver Bells, Sleigh Ride, The Little Drummer Boy, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Village Of St. Bernadette, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland

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Voicing: Solo | 7708b | Songbook | $17.95


Celtic Woman : A Christmas Celebration : Solo : Songbook : 038081341927  : 00-31801

Celtic Woman : A Christmas Celebration

Enjoy 16 classic Christmas songs as well as as Gaelic rendition of "The Night in Bethlehem" with Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration. This Christmas songbook is perfect for those nights the family is gathered and eager for some holiday music.

Songlist: Christmas Song the (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy , White Christmas , Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, O Holy Night, Away in a Manger, Ding Dong Merrily on High, Silent Night, Panis Angelicus, Don Oiche Ud I Mbeithil (That Night in Bethlehem) , O Come, All Ye Faithful, Wexford Carol, Green the Whole Year 'Round, Carol of the Bells (with Lyrics), Christmas Pipes

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Celtic Woman | 8506b | Songbook | $21.95 | PVG


Various : Christmas Sing-Along : Solo : Songbook : 888680752576 : 1540029530 : 00278176

Various : Christmas Sing-Along

Gather around the piano for an old-fashioned sing-along - or download the online sing-along backing tracks to your mobile device for caroling in the neighborhood. All that's missing are your vocals! The music in this book includes the lyrics, vocal lines, piano accompaniments, and guitar chords for 40 seasonal favorites. Reproducible lyrics sheets make it fun and easy for everyone to join in the singing. Songs include: Away in a Manger - Christmas Time Is Here - Feliz Navidad - Happy Holiday - Jingle Bells - Mary, Did You Know? - O Come, All Ye Faithful - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Silent Night - White Christmas - and more. The price of this book includes a unique code that provides access to audio tracks online, for download or streaming. The tracks include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right - available exclusively from Hal Leonard.

Songlist: Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Mary, Did You Know?, Angels We Have Heard On High, Joy To The World, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, What Child Is This?, O Holy Night, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Away In A Manger, Auld Lang Syne, The First Noel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, O Come, All Ye Faithful, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Feliz Navidad, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Deck The Hall, I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, The Little Drummer Boy, Christmas Time Is Here, The Christmas Song, Do You Hear What I Hear, Sleigh Ride, Frosty The Snow Man, Happy Holiday, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane), and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40600b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : Ultimate Vocal Sing-Along: Christmas : Solo  : Songbook & CD : 038081335964  : 00-31421

Various Arrangers : Ultimate Vocal Sing-Along: Christmas

Enjoy singing 8 Christmas favorites all arranged for male voice. The Ultimate Sing-Along books give you everything you need to sing with your favorite Christmas songs. Each book has the lyrics, music notation and chords with lyrics-only pages included. There are two versions of every song on the CD: a full performance track with a sound-alike recording, and a professional accompaniment track so you can sing along. When you play the CD on your computer (Mac or Windows) you can easily change the tempo and key to individualize the playback for just your voice and style.

Songlist: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Sleigh Ride, Feliz Navidad, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, The Little Drummer Boy, The Gift, You're A Mean One, Mr.Grinch

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Voicing: Solo | 6101b | Songbook & CD | $12.95


Various Arrangers : Sing-A-Long: Best of Christmas : Solo : Songbook : 888680012342 : 1480393010 : 00128624

Various Arrangers : Sing-A-Long: Best of Christmas

It wouldn't be the holidays without a sing-along! This unique Christmas collection features 20 songs with eight pull-out sets of lyrics so that everyone can sing along. Includes: All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth - Blue Christmas - Christmas Time Is Here - Feliz Navidad - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - It's Beginning to Look like Christmas - The Little Drummer Boy - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Sleigh Ride - White Christmas - Winter Wonderland - and more.

Songlist: All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Feliz Navidad, Little Saint Nick, Snowfall, Blue Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Christmas Time Is Here, Wonderful Christmastime, Christmas Auld Lang Syne, Christmas In Killarney, The Christmas Waltz, Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas, A Marshmallow World, We Need A Little Christmas, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, You're All I Want For Christmas

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Voicing: Solo | 8393b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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The Little Drummer Boy : SATB : Robert Sterling : Henry Onorati : Songbook : 00-27875 : 038081304342

Robert Sterling : The Little Drummer Boy

This is a wonderful arrangement of an enduring Christmas favorite. Telling the ancient story of a young boy too poor to afford a gift for the infant Jesus, who brings instead a song, offered on his drum. Available in multiple voicings this is ideal for church or school.

Arranger: Robert Sterling | Composer: Henry Onorati

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27875


The Little Drummer Boy : SAB : Robert Sterling : Henry Onorati : Sheet Music : 00-27876 : 038081304359

Robert Sterling : The Little Drummer Boy

This is a wonderful arrangement of an enduring Christmas favorite. Telling the ancient story of a young boy too poor to afford a gift for the infant Jesus, who brings instead a song, offered on his drum. Available in multiple voicings this is ideal for church or school.

Arranger: Robert Sterling | Composer: Henry Onorati

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27876


The Little Drummer Boy : Unison / 2-Part : Robert Sterling : Katherine K. Davis : Sheet Music : 00-27877 : 038081304366

Robert Sterling : The Little Drummer Boy

This is a wonderful arrangement of an enduring Christmas favorite. Telling the ancient story of a young boy too poor to afford a gift for the infant Jesus, who brings instead a song, offered on his drum. Available in multiple voicings this is ideal for church or school.

Arranger: Robert Sterling | Composer: Katherine K. Davis

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Voicing: Unison / 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27877


The Little Drummer Boy : SAB : Joel Raney : Harry Simeone : Sheet Music : 00-47214 : 038081540696

Joel Raney : The Little Drummer Boy

Now available in an SAB voicing, this choral classic has been given a fresh new setting with a four-hand piano accompaniment (optional two-hand accompaniment is also available). The always-creative Joel Raney beautifully and faithfully captures the spirit of the piece while offering some interesting twists.

Arranger: Joel Raney | Composer: Harry Simeone

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.30 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-47214


The Little Drummer Boy : SATB : Harry Simeone : Katherine K. Davis : Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians : Sheet Music : 35013037 : 747510013617

Harry Simeone : The Little Drummer Boy

This is the accompanied version as performed by Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians. Repeated drum sounds in the voices form the background for the melody in this Christmas standard that has become a holiday tradition of its own. Add finger cymbals to the drum-like piano accompaniment for the finishing touch, or use the master orchestration by Brant Adams. Score and Parts (fl 1-2, ob, cl 1-2, bn, hn 1-2, tpt 1-2, tbn 1-2, btbn, timp, perc, hp, pno, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a digital download.

Arranger: Harry Simeone | Composer: Katherine K. Davis Performed By: Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35013037


The Little Drummer Boy : TTBB : Harry Simeone : Katherine K. Davis : Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians : Sheet Music : 35013039 : 747510014225

Harry Simeone : The Little Drummer Boy

This is the accompanied version as performed by Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians. Repeated drum sounds in the voices form the background for the melody in this Christmas standard that has become a holiday tradition of its own. Add finger cymbals to the drum-like piano accompaniment for the finishing touch, or use the master orchestration by Brant Adams. Score and Parts (fl 1-2, ob, cl 1-2, bn, hn 1-2, tpt 1-2, tbn 1-2, btbn, timp, perc, hp, pno, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a digital download.

Arranger: Harry Simeone | Composer: Katherine K. Davis Performed By: Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35013039


The Little Drummer Boy : SAB : Harry Simeone : Katherine K. Davis : Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians : Sheet Music : 35013040 : 747510019954

Harry Simeone : The Little Drummer Boy

This is the accompanied version as performed by Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians. Repeated drum sounds in the voices form the background for the melody in this Christmas standard that has become a holiday tradition of its own. Add finger cymbals to the drum-like piano accompaniment for the finishing touch, or use the master orchestration by Brant Adams. Score and Parts (fl 1-2, ob, cl 1-2, bn, hn 1-2, tpt 1-2, tbn 1-2, btbn, timp, perc, hp, pno, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a digital download.

Arranger: Harry Simeone | Composer: Katherine K. Davis Performed By: Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35013040

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