The Little Drummer Boy by John O'Reilly. Concert Band. Concert Band. Accent on Achievement. Christmas; Winter. Grade .5. Conductor Score & Parts. 124 pages. Duration 2:10:00. Published by Alfred Music (AP.24628).
John O'Reilly has arranged the classic Christmas hit for beginning bands in a very special way. Sleigh bells, triangle and tom tom establish the processional style that is further enhanced by low brass and woodwind open fifths. Upper woodwinds get the first pass at playing this famous melody but trumpets, horns and low brass also get to be featured as this delightful arrangement progresses.