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The Rochester Male Chorus

Little Drummer Boy

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“The Little Drummer Boy,“ originally known as “Carol of the Drum,“ is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer/teacher Katherine K. Davis in 1941. It was recorded 1955 by the Trapp Family Singers and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. This version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since. In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the nativity where, without a gift for the infant Jesus, he played his drum with the Virgin Mary’s approval, remembering “I played my best for him” and “He smiled at me”. Read on...

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