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Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park,
Wilmette IL

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Lagoon at Dawes Park,
Evanston IL

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Main Beach Bandshell,
Crystal Lake IL

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL

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Ding! Dong! Merrily on High

arr. Leif Strand, Olov Helge/adapted Jay Dawson


This carol is reputed to be French, dating back to the sixteenth century, with text originally in Latin. The original composer is unknown. The vocal version is popular with children due to the onomatopoeia (ding dong – the word conveys the sound) and the breathless state achieved when singing the extended phrase, “Gloria ....... excelsis!”.

This version is instrumental, adapted by Jay Dawson for band from a Swedish vocal arrangement by Leif Strand and Olov Helge. Listen as a joyful burst of holiday sounds flows in unique rhythms “with a solid groove”.

Ding dong merrily on high,
In heav'n the bells are ringing:

Ding dong! Verily the sky Is riv'n with angel singing.

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! 

Last updated on July 17, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band