Suitable as an Overture for a Christmas Concert.  Brass choir, band, or orchestra.  Duration, 3 minutes.  See Orchestration.  See printable Documents.  See Performances.  See audio samples.

Now Available - Audio Samples.  Click here.

About A Christmas Fanfare

There are three versions of the fanfare, one for symphony orchestra, one for band, and one for Brass Choir.  The orchestral version is written to either segue into Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival or to stand on its own.

This work has enjoyed much success since it was written in 1992 to open the "Yuletide Celebration" concerts for the Indianapolis Symphony.  See Performances below.

There is a recording of the Brass Choir version on CD, released in 1994, under the direction of Thomas Akins by the Chamber Brass Choir, entitled Christmas Joy.  It is available in Indianapolis at Paige's Music, Sinfonia record store, and at gift shops in the Hilbert Circle Theatre, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Indiana State Museum.

Orchestration

1 Piccolo

4 French Horns in F

2 Flutes

3 Trumpets in Bb

2 Oboes

2 Tenor Trombones

2 Bb Clarinets

1 Bass Trombone

2 Bassoons

1 Tuba

1 Keyboard

1 Timpani

1 Harp (optional)

3 Percussion

Full Strings

Documents

Orchestration 

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Performances

Anderson, IN

Annapolis

Atlanta Symphony

Atlanta Youth Orchestra

Baltimore

Bakersfield, CA
Binghamton

Bloomington, IN

Bozeman, MT

Buffalo

Cape Symphony
Carmel Symphony
Charleston

Charlotte

Columbus, IN

Corpus Christi
Dayton Philharmonic
DC Air Force Orchestra
DePaul University

DePauw University

Detroit
Eugene

Evansville

Florida West Coast
Fort Collins

Ft. Smith

Ft. Wayne, IN

Grand Rapids

Great Falls, MT
Greeley Philharmonic

Greenville, SC

Gulf Coast, Biloxi, MS
Hendersonville, NC
Houston, TX
Indianapolis
IPFW Community Orch

Jacksonville, FL

Johnstown 

Knoxville

Lafayette, IN

New Haven, CT
New Jersey 
New Mexico
North Carolina 
NW Indiana
Omaha
Oregon
Orlando Philharmonic
Oshkosh

Owensboro, KY

Philadelphia

Phoenix, AZ

Rockford
Roswell 
Sammamish

San Antonio

Sarasota

South Bend

Spokane
Springfield, MA

Springfield, MO

Stavanger, Norway
Syracuse, NY

Tacoma, WA

Terre Haute, IN

Topeka, KS
Tucson
University of Hawaii, Hilo
Virginia
Waco
West Virginia
Wichita, KS
Wichita Falls, TX
Winston-Salem

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The Brass Choir version has been performed by Indiana University and the Julliard School of Music, the Coast Guard Band, the Houston Symphony Brass section, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Brass Choir.

Band Version

There is a band version of this piece that was arranged in 2005.  The first track of the following audio samples was recorded by the United States Coast Guard Band and is used with permission. 

The second track on the player is from the Christmas Joy Brass Choir CD mentioned above and is used with permission.  Click on the center arrow or each track.

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