This document contains the free sheet music and lyrics to the traditional Christmas carol , Jingle Bells. Parts are provided for voice, flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophones, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, percussion, and bells. A full score is also available. The sheet music provided contains the melody only. It is arranged for beginning band students and should be playable by anyone with at least a modest understanding of their instrument.
Jingle Bells was written by James Lord Pierpont in or around 1857. The original title for the song was "One Horse Open Sleigh."
Individual parts and the lyrics to the song are available for download farther down on the page.
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Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on Bobtail ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight
CHORUS: Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way; Oh! what fun [joy] it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh.
A day or two ago I thought I'd take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side, The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot He got into a drifted bank And then we we got upset.
A day or two ago, The story I must tell I went out on the snow, And on my back I fell; A gent was riding by In a one-horse open sleigh, He laughed as there I sprawling lie, But quickly drove away.
Now the ground is white Go it while you're young, Take the girls along and sing this sleighing song; Just get a bobtailed bay Two forty as his speed Hitch him to an open sleigh And crack! you'll take the lead.
Chad Criswell is a career music educator working in the Iowa public schools. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications both online and in print. He currently serves as the national music technology writer for NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine and has presented sessions at numerous music education conferences including the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
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