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JOY TO THE KING (beginner band - super easy - score, parts & license to copy - winter concert)

By Brian Harris

Concert Band - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Brian Harris. Sacred, Repertoire, European, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 33 pages. Publications #090113. Published by Publications (S0.8789).

Item Number: S0.8789


If you need something special for your beginners to play at their first Christmas concert, you've found it. JOY TO THE KING provides an easy and fun medley of the two popular tunes "Ode to Joy" and "Good King Wenceslas." The entire piece uses only the first five notes of the B-flat concert scale.

This is a great first concert piece the band will love to play. And since your school will be licensed to make legal photocopies of the parts year after year, you can let the kids keep their parts as a souvenir of their first performance!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Very Easy (actually "Super Easy")

PROGRAMMING: first performance; Winter Holiday concert; Christmas concert

FEATURES: melody distributed through all wind parts; key of B-flat major; simple percussion parts using only quarter-, half-, dotted-half, and whole notes; there are 2 one-measure occurrences of sixteenth-notes in Snare and Tenor Drum part.

CHALLENGES: independence of the two lines (melody played over a simple bass accompaniment).

RANGES: uses only the first five notes of the B-flat Concert scale; clarinets must also play low G.

INSTRUMENTATION: includes Full Conductor Score (8 pages) and Parts (17 pages) for each instrument: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, Horn (in F), Trombone/Euphonium, T.C. Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion 1 (Snare & Bass Drum), Percussion 2 (Crash Cymbals, Triangle, Finger Cymbals), Bells/Mallets (2 different parts included for range desired/learned by player).

MINIMUM INSTRUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS: Flute or Trumpet, Clarinet, Bass Line (at least one: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, any Saxophone, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, or Tuba), Percussion.

NOTE: this Digital Download document is assembled with the Clarinet part appearing as page 1 so you may view it on the web site as you listen to the sound file. When you download/print the full document (25 pages, total), the first page to print will be the Clarinet part, followed by the FULL SCORE, then the remaining PARTS. If you wish to view the entire score and other part samples prior to purchase, please visit,

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COMPOSER: Now retired,Brian Harris holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida StateUniversity and was a band director for over 30 years at public school and college levels. Many of his works areavailable from  and through Sheet Music Plus digitaldownloads.


Winter / Christmas Concert works from Publications:

Joy to the King (for beginners)
Jingle Those Bells! (for beginners)
HouseTop March (for advanced beginners)
Ukrainian Bell Carol (for advanced+ beginners)
Tidings of Joy (for advanced+ beginners or 2nd-year players)
Journey of the Magi (for 2nd- or 3rd-year players)

Also, please consider “Latin Lullaby” for your Spring Concert (for beginners)


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    do every year. perfect for beginners

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  • September 19, 2017 Best!

    I've used this for years. It's that good. Completely simple, quite memorable.

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  • August 08, 2017 Works!

    Fun piece to learn and play, kids like it. Having the PDF to reprint parts is awesome!

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  • August 05, 2017 Joy to the king

    This is my favorite beginner band piece. My band students love it. Joy to the King has become a rite of passage for every beginner class. It is easy but interesting and whenever we have our band concerts, the advanced kids love hearing this piece! It is one of our...


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