Welcome to our Holiday Program
Below you will find the program and information regarding each piece. We hope that you will enjoy this new approach to the program.
6th Grade Band:
Up on a Housetop
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857.
Although originally intended for the Thanksgiving season (which was ironic, since Thanksgiving occurs in autumn, rather than winter), and having no connection to Christmas, it became associated with Christmas music and the holiday season in general decades after it was first performed in September 1857. It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder; this recording, believed to be the first Christmas record, is lost, but an 1898 recording also from Edison Records survives.
According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, “Up on the Housetop” was the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by “Jingle Bells”, which was written in 1857. It is also considered the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus. According to Readers Digest Merry Christmas Song Book, Hanby probably owes the idea that Santa and his sleigh land on the roofs of homes to Clement C. Moore’s 1822 poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas”). Benjamin Russell Hanby was born in 1833 near Rushville, Ohio, the son of a minister involved with the Underground Railroad.
“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” is a Christmas song that originated with a poem by Emily Huntington Miller (1833-1913), published as “Lilly’s Secret” in The Little Corporal Magazine in December of 1865. The song’s lyrics have also been attributed to Benjamin Hanby, who wrote a similar song in the 1860s, Up on the Housetop. However, the lyrics now in common use closely resemble Miller’s 1865 poem.
The music is generally believed to have been written by James R. Murray. The first publication of the music was in 1874 in School Chimes, A New School Music Book by S. Brainard’s Sons, and attributes the music to him. The 1881 publication by McCaskey gives attribution to the S. Brainard’s Sons publication, which would mean Murray.
Some notable recordings were by Ray Smith in 1949, Chet Atkins in 1961, Eddy Arnold in 1962, The Chipmunks in 1963, Andy Williams in 1995, Anne Murray in 2001, and Carole King in 2017.
Joy! A Holiday Fanfare arranged by Patrick Roszell (ASCAP)
My Favorite Things arranged by Eric Osterling
Holiday Bobsled Run by Robert Sheldon
Joy! is a fanfare setting of two holiday favorites including, “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Joy to the World.” Lively and cheerful, it’s a delightful way to usher in the season.
My Favorite Things is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.
In the original Broadway production, this song was introduced by Mary Martin playing Maria and Patricia Neway playing Mother Abbess. Julie Andrews, who played Maria in the 1965 film version of the musical, had previously sung the song on the Christmas special for The Garry Moore Show.
In the musical, the lyrics to the song are a reference to things Maria loves, such as “whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens”. These are the things she selects to fill her mind with when times are bad.
Holiday Bobsled Run is an original work by Robert Sheldon. A happy and carefree day of playing in the snow is depicted in this charming holiday offering. Tuneful melodies and a cheerful rhythmic accompaniment set the mood leading to a chromatic slide down the hill that triumphantly ends the piece.
Stille, Stille, Stille arranged by James Curnow
Russian Christmas Music arranged by James Curnow
Sleigh Ride Arranged by Michael Story
Still, still, still is an Austrian Christmas carol and lullaby. In German its first line is “Still, still, still, weil’s Kindlein schlafen will!” (“Hush, hush, hush, for the little child wants to sleep!”)
The melody is a folk tune (authorship unknown) from the state of Salzburg. The tune appeared for the first time in 1865 in a folksong collection of Maria Vinzenz Süß (1802–1868), founder of the Salzburg Museum. The words, which run to six verses in German, describe the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother as the baby is sung to sleep. They have changed slightly over the years but the modern Standard German version remains attributed to Georg Götsch (1895–1956). There are various English translations.
Originally written in November 1944, Russian Christmas Music was first performed in December of that year in Denver, Colorado. Two years later, the piece was elaborated and revised, and in that form was one of the three prize-winning work in the 1947 Columbia University contest for new serious music for symphonic band.
An ancient Russian Christmas Carol (Carol of the Little Russian Children) is mixed with motives from orthodox liturgical music from the Eastern Orthodox Church. Though set as a single piece, the composer originally subtitled the four easily separated sections Children’s Carol, Antiphonal Chant, Village Song, and Cathedral Chorus.
Sleigh Ride exists in numerous versions and is a staple of the holiday season. The idea first came to the composer during a heatwave in July 1946. The first recording occurred in 1949 with lyrics being added by Mitchell Parrish the following year. A selection of the artists who have recorded it include Herb Alpert, The Andrews Sisters, The Carpenters, Bing Crosby, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, the amazing Debbie Gibson, The Muppets, and Andy Williams.
Vehicle arranged by Ralph Ford
Mi Corazon by Mike Smukal
Big Band Holiday arranged by Carl Strommen
“Vehicle” is a song recorded by American rock band The Ides of March for their debut studio album of the same name (1970). The song was released as the lead single from the album in March 1970 through Warner Bros. Records. It was written by vocalist and frontman Jim Peterik about a girl that often used him for his mode of transportation, leading Peterik to surmise that he was little more than her “vehicle”. The song has a distinctive horn section riff, often mistaken for the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, who were also popular in that era.
“Vehicle” was a commercial success, and was purported to be the fastest-selling single in the history of Warner Bros. at that time. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while reaching the top five in Canada and top 30 in the United Kingdom. Despite this, the Ides of March never had another hit single, leaving them one-hit wonders.
Mi Corazon is a beautiful melody and arrangement by Mike Smukal. It begins with a four-bar chorale intro, then moves into an easy bossa-feel, with the melody played in a duet by 1st alto sax and 2nd trumpet and a solo later on for the alto. A shimmering ensemble section, lush harmonies are but a few highlights of this fine chart.
Big Band Holiday is the perfect holiday chart. Arranger Carl Strommen has blended “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas,” and “Frosty the Snowman” into an very enjoyable chart. The chart features brief solos for trombone and alto sax and plenty of ensemble playing throughout.
Special Thanks for Tonight’s Concert:
Crown Point Community Schools
Dr. Teresa A. Eineman, Superintendent
Jacob Rodriguez, Colonel Wheeler Principal
David Vode, Colonel Wheeler Assistant Principal
Aaron Zemelko, Wheeler Orchestra
Stephen Dean, Wheeler Choir
Johann Sletto, CPHS Band
Riley Welsh, Student Intern
Crown Point Music Boosters
February 8, 2020
ISSMA Solo / Ensemble
TBA at Wilbur Wright MS
February 26, 2020
Crown Point Jazz Showcase
6:00 pm Wheeler Auditeria
March 4th, 2020
6:30 pm Wheeler Gym
Jazz ISSMA—March 7th
ISSMA Organizational—March 13/14