Jazz, Pop Music Arrangements for Steel Drums

Christmas Arrangements


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Borning Day
Carol of the Bells
Carol of the Birds
Christmas in the Caribbean
Christmas Island
Feliz Navidad
Fum Fum Fum 
Greensleeves
Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rhum!
The Holly and The Ivy
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Little Drummer Boy
Mary's Little Boy Child
Mele Kalikimaka
Pachebel Christmas Canon
The Virgin Mother Had a Baby Boy
Scoring Abbreviations:
Lead (Tenor) L
Double Tenor DT
Double Second D2
Guitar G
Cello C
Tenor Bass TB
Bass B
Percussion Perc
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Borning Day
A West Indian Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
In the Caribbean, the story of the Nativity finds expression not only in the traditional bible setting, but also as is evidenced in this gentle carol. The setting of this carol embraces the poetry and music of a unique island culture. Nowhere will you find a more appropriate song for your Christmas concert. Although this arrangement is designed to feature the singers, it will also serve very well as an instrumental by substituting pans, winds or brass for the vocal part.

Product ID: 1135                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B, *unison Soprano/Alto vocal
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

Carol of the Bells
Ukrainian Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
An exciting new version of the seasonal favorite, this arrangement celebrates bells, both big and small. In the introduction, pans playing in fourths create the sound of church bells nearby while in the body of the arrangement, the "sweet silver bells" are featured. Underscoring everything, the basses and (optional) chimes evoke the sounds of church bells in the distance. We hope that you and your players will enjoy creating the special mood which this arrangement suggests.

Product ID: 1136                      
Scoring:
L/DT, D2, G/C, TB/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Carol of the Birds
A Spanish Christmas Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
This was the final encore by the beloved master cellist, Pablo Casals, at his United Nations Farewell Concert. In a soft spoken voice, all he said was... "I will play a song from my homeland." The unaccompanied music which followed was pure Casals, gentle, unassuming, beautiful...a moment, a memory not soon forgotten. With its definite Catalonian flavor, this arrangement provivdes your Cello (or guitar) solist (or section), a chance to show off the rich tonal quality of the instruments.

Product ID: 1137                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, TB/B with solo/soli C
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Christmas in the Caribbean
Music by Jimmy Buffet
Arr. by Marc Svaline
This number is not from a Christmas album, but, to a true "Parrot Head", it's the ultimate holiday number. Marc has recreated the island classic for steel drums. It has a lead vocal part and background vocals along with optional horn parts (trumpet, trombone and sax).

Product ID: 1138                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B, *optional vocals and horns
Level:
Medium
Price:
$50.00

Christmas Island
Music by Lyle Moraine
Arr. by Marc Svaline
The 1940's pop classic made popular by Jimmy Buffett on his "Christmas Island" and recently revived by Leone Redbone. This also works well with a lead vocalist and background singers. Play this as a medium swing number.

Product ID: 1139                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, B, *optional vocals
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

Feliz Navidad
Music by Jose Feliciano
Arr. by James Leyden
A happy Mexican Christmas song as popular today as it was when it was written in 1970. The arrangement is easy to play and fast to put together for your holiday concert.

Product ID: 1140                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Fum Fum Fum
Spanish Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
This lively Spanish carol is not heard as frequently as most carols during the holiday season. Use this to your advantage and program it for all of your Christmas gigs.

Product ID: 1141                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Greensleeves
Arr. by Franz Grissom
This is a Trinidadian version of the familiar English Folk Song/Christmas Carol arranged as a "Bomb" (a non-calypso tune done in calypso style). Because it is well known both as a folk song and a carol, it can be effectively programmed throughout the year.

Product ID: 1142                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B, Perc.
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rhum!
Music by Jimmy Buffet
Arr. by J. Marc Svaline
Jimmy Buffet has proven that you do not have to have a top 40 record to be successful. This song is from his Christmas album and features a vocal solo along with the background vocals and horn parts. This is a real "audience pleaser" and would be a great closer for your holiday concert.

Product ID: 1143                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B, *optional vocals and horns
Level:
Medium
Price:
$50.00

The Holly and The Ivy
Old English Carol
Arr. by J. Marc Svaline
A beautiful contemporary carol as introduced by the "Mannheim Steamroller" group. There is an optional section that would work well with an added instrumental (flute) duet. The carol is effective with or without the instrumental duet as those parts are covered in the lead and double second parts.

Product ID: 1144                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
The range of Bach's elegant melody makes it eminently playable by Lead pan, Oboe, Flute, or Clarinet.

Product ID: 1171                      
Scoring:

Level:

Price:
$50.00

Little Drummer Boy
Arr. by James Leyden
This Christmas classic is music well suited to Steel Drums. This easily prepared selection with be a real crowd pleaser and can be used as an audience sing along. Scoring: L, D2, G/C, B Level: Easy Price: $45.00

Product ID: 1145                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Mary's Little Boy Child
Arr. by Jester Hairston
First made popular by Harry Belafonte, this lilting calypso is perfect material for your Christmas-time programs.

Product ID: 1146                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

Mele Kalikimaka
Arr. by Marc Svaline
This Bing Crosby Christmas classic is arranged in the "tongue in cheek" style of Jimmy Buffet. Featuring a lead vocal and three background singers with a horn trio consisting of a trumpet, tenor sax and clarinet. It is sure to add some fun to your holiday concerts.

Product ID: 1147                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, B, *optional vocals and horns
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

Pachebel Christmas Canon
Arr. by Marc Svaline
Johann Pachebel's Canon in D is world famous. With a chord progression accomodating the melody of the Christmas carol, The First Noel, this arrangement becomes a beautiful pan and choral christmas treasure.

Product ID: 1148                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, TB/B, and S-A Choir
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

The Virgin Mother Had a Baby Boy
West Indian Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
A perfect way to integrate your chorus or choir, Underpinned with a gentle hybrid Island/ Bossa Nova percussion, this lovely carol acquires a special charm.

Product ID: 1149                      
Scoring:
L, D2-1, D2-2. G/C, TB/B, Perc, *SA Chorus
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00

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