John Piersol McCaskey 1867 Arranged by Brendan Elliget MAGA 537
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"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 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 has been attributed to John Piersol McCaskey, a school principal and former Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who claimed to have written the song in 1867. The "Johnny" mentioned in the song who wants a pair of skates is McCaskey's late son, John, who died as a child. [Wikipedia]

The arrangement is for a full concert band and includes an optional piano part (Not on the score). There is also a descant part in verses 3, 4 and 6 for Flute/Piccolo and/or Clarinet and Trumpet.

The MP3 was recorded with NotePerformer 3.

Grade = 3 Duration = 2:20 mins (6 Verses)

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John Piersol McCaskey 1867 Arranged by Brendan Elliget MAGA 537
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Easy (Grades 1-3)
2 minutes
Concert band / wind band
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