Guest Book - 2002

Thanks to those who have submitted entries to the Guestbook page.
We appreciate hearing from people who enjoy Leroy Anderson's music.

You are invited to send your comments for us to include in the Guestbook.
Send your comments to: info[at]woodburymusic[dot]com. Thank you.

- The Anderson Family

About 15 years ago, I've heard "The Typewriter" played on a local radio station. That's the last time I heard it broadcast locally. I was immediately fascinated by the tune, it was my first encounter with Leroy Anderson's work. At that time, it was never known to me who the composer was... Many years later I played my first Leroy's piece, "The Syncopated Clock", on a Yamaha Electone. I love this piece so much and used it as one of my exam pieces. Ever since then I've been wondering, did Mr Anderson compose other works??... Thanks to the World Wide Web, I found this web site and has all my questions answered, after nearly 15 years!! I bought my first Leory's orchestra pieces, "The Syncopated Clock" and "Sleigh Ride" in December 2001, and I never regretted buying them. Until now, I can still remember the joy of sequencing "Sleigh Ride" on my music workstation and synthesizer. It was a great fun and wonderful experience, but almost like fitting a jigsaw puzzle. I have never played a complete full orchestra piece on a keyboard before, and it certainly came to me as a big challenge. Each instrument part was carefully played and recorded on a track, starting with 1st flute right up to the sleigh bells, nearly 30 instruments in total. Well, the first sign of trouble is when I run out of tracks, in the end I have to squeeze a few parts into one tack!! I remember smiling to myself whenever a part is completed, and I will play back the newly finished part together with the previously recorded parts, which means I have listened to the tune over 30 times when completed! What really amazed me is that, when you listen to a part it seems to tell you a story of itself. When all parts are played together, every individual story fit in seamlessly; they are being "told" at the right place, at the right time and at the right tone! That's the ingenious Anderson's touch. I wonder if Mr Anderson is also a good story teller?? Every Leroy Anderson's work that I have sequenced has this characteristic, which explains why I'm never sick of listening to the parts over and over again; you always hear a different tune when you mute some parts, simply too many combinations to experiment with! Until now I can still clearly remember what note was played and when, even without looking at the scores - don't know why my brain seems to remember all the parts I have played, better than names and telephone numbers! Of all the parts my favourite are the French Horns (1 to 4), the harmony is fantastic in the hands of Mr Anderson!! It's the Anderson's touch that keeps me wanting to play more. Ever since then, I have become a fanatic of Leroy Anderson's work. By end December 2002 my collection has grew to 11, they are "The Syncopated Clock","Sleigh Ride","The Typewriter","Song of the Bells","China Doll","The Girl In Satin","Jazz Legato","The Penny-Whistle Song","Lazy Moon","Shall I Take My Heart" and "Town House Maxixe". Each of these pieces has a truly unique style. I always find something special in every piece of Leroy's work, and I am never disappointed. I will continue to explore Leroy Anderson's works and introduce them to my family and friends. It has certainly gave me a lot of joy and inspiration over the past 1 year. Sometimes, I wish to have the ingenious musical talent of Leroy Anderson!

Lee Kok How
Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 13:57:36 (EST)

Well, I have signed the guestbook before, but I must echo what another guest has said about the Christmas Carols album with the white cat on the cover. This is the finest collection of carols I have ever heard -- Leroy Anderson was a superb orchestrator and arranger in addition to being a great composer -- and I listened to it for more Christmases than I can remember. I miss it so, and also have been hoping it would be re-released on CD. Can the Andersons shed any light on this? Is there any chance it will be out on a CD one of these days? I had even considered having my LP expensively transferred to CD, but there are too many big skips and scratches. On another subject, I recently obtained a CD of Anderson's piano concerto. Fabulous. I cried the first few times I heard it. So like Leroy Anderson's other music -- some themes are joyful and light, others are achingly beautiful. Everyone who loves his music should have this in his collection. But, please, could you answer us about the Christmas album?

Rose Curran
Sarasota, FL USA
Friday, December 27, 2002 at 20:42:22 (EST)

Christmas would never be complete without the joyful sounds of Leroy Anderson's music and this year I was able to enjoy his "Christmas Festival" composition here in Concord with our resident symphony orchrestra and of course the stunning "Sleigh Ride"...pure joy... Christmas and Mr. Anderson what a great combination. Naturally I will enjoy all the other music by Mr.Anderson all year long....but all that joy in "Sleigh Ride" makes me look forward to Christmas 2003...Best wishes to all the Andersons and all on this web site..

Bill Twibill
Concord, NH USA
Friday, December 27, 2002 at 19:24:35 (EST)

I grew-up with a Leroy Anderson album called "Christmas Carols" Would like to find it in CD. Had the following: Wassail Song, L, How a Rose, O Come Little Children, In Dulci Jubilo, Angels in Our Field Abiding, Pastores A Belen, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, I saw Three Ships, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, The Coventry Carol, March of the Kings, A Christmas Festival, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Sanctissima, While By My Sheep, Bring A Torch Jeannette Isabella, We Three Kings, Patapan, Away in the Manger, From Heaven High I Come to You. This was a top notch album when it came out. The cover was a white cat. Oh, how I wish I could find this in CD. I haven't found anything as good as this for Christmas in an orchestral setting.

Paul Dierks
Flint, MI USA
Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 23:29:44 (EST)

I am watching "Once Upon a Sleigh Ride" right now. I finally get to "meet" the man behind the site that my husband (Sid) originally set up. Being born in 1952, I grew up hearing alot of Mr. Anderson's music and didn't even know it! It's a pleasure to know the man behind the music

Patty Wing
Madison, AL USA
Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 20:22:26 (EST)

I love the fact that Mr. Anderson's music is uplifting and inspires peace and unity in the world. I think that all music will either inspire a listener to be a better person or a worse person. Music affects us more than we think, and what Leroy did was give the entire world a wonderful selection of music that was writen only to inspire us for good. Being a composer in training, I also want to have a basis for the music I create to be both uplifting and be able to appeal to the masses

Mesa, AZ USA
Wednesday, December 25, 2002 at 22:18:51 (EST)

I received my first Leroy Anderson recordings exactly 40 years when I asked my mother to buy me some for Christmas. I was discovering Mr. Anderson's music in Junior High Band and I wanted to hear more of it. Those first 2 recordings were the best Christmas presents I ever received! I've been hooked on Leroy ever since and his music inspiried my own career as an arranger. I am currently staff arranger for the Royal Hawaiian Band in Honolulu. We recently played the newly published work "Govenor's March". I highly recommend it to all concert bands. Also if you are intersted in rare music of Leroy Anderson check out the "Cut from Goldilocks" songs that are published by Woodbury Music Co. Rare songs that you will seldom hear but pure Leroy Anderson magic, non-the-less. I would like to wish Mrs. Anderson a Merry Christmas and thank her for her continuing energetic efforts in bringing Leroy's beautiful music to the attention of all of us. It just wouldn' t be Christmas without SLEIGH RIDE and A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. Mele Kalikimaka to all!!! Bill Wiley, Staff Arranger Royal Hawaiian Band

Bill Wiley
Honolulu, HI USA
Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 21:46:19 (EST)

I am trying to ascertain the original key of Sleighride
Peter Di Bono
San Francisco, CA USA
Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 21:42:28 (EST)

This afternoon I watched the PBS special "Once Upon a Sleigh Ride" about Mr. Anderson and his music. I remember listening to many of his pieces when I was younger, most notably "The Syncophated Clock, The Typewriter and Sleigh Ride." The music is so uplifting, so joyous that I am immediately placed in a happier frame of mind. My best wishes to Mr. Anderson's family

Mary-Lou Chall
Detroit, MI USA
Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 18:17:52 (EST)

Years ago I met and was freindly with your brother Eric. If you are in touch with him please send him my regards. We were both in an organization called Record Research

Len Selk
New York, NY USA
Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 17:36:12 (EST)

Mr. Anderson's music is much more influential than I first thought. After listening to the CD "The Typewriter" I recognized the majority of the tunes and fondly remember them from being played frequently on the radio during my childhood. My ten-year-old son is now an instant fan of Mr. Anderson!

Dotty Barnes
Skokie, IL USA
Friday, December 20, 2002 at 10:24:18 (EST)

Hello, I am doing genealogy wiht Sweden and my great grandmother who was from Tjurko Karlskrona, Sweden was an Anderson and she married Frank Oscar Berg who's surname got changed after coming to MAerica to Carlson but we really were from the Anderson/Berg roots of Karlskrona [Tjurko] Sweden.. My great grandfather was a stonecutter and had one time lived and worked on Hurricane Island off the coast of MAine near to the Vinalhaven Island which is off the coast of Rockland, Maine.. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. Dover High played 2 of Leroy Amderson's song at Xmas concert last night.. Lovely music.. Sincerely, Arlene

Arlene [Carlson] Wise (from Swedish roots Anderson also)
Dover, nh USA
Friday, December 20, 2002 at 10:12:25 (EST)


Friday, December 20, 2002 at 06:44:30 (EST)

As a young teenager i use to stay up late on sunday nights just to hear Forgotten Dreams at the end of the channel 7 news telecast. They played it for years
Richard Rivera

Oakland Gardens, ny USA
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 23:32:13 (EST)

What utter exuberant joy this man's music brings to my life. From the lovely and rather haunting Arietta to The Typewriter, which I make a game of trying to swing to the next line at the proper time and make the sounds (great fun), to Blue Tango, the happy nonsense of the Sandpaper Ballet -- goodness -- all of it, all the moods and inventions, all a symphony to sing to, dance to -- all the way from my head through my heart to my toes. Delightful, beautiful, glorious music. All the world will let us down sometimes, including ourselves, but good music never lets us down. Leroy Anderson may have invented that idea too! What a gift to the world he was and is. Thank you for this marvelous web site!!

Anara Brinmere
Weaverville, N.C. USA
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 22:30:22 (EST)

I have loved the music of Leroy Anderson since I was a small child. I sing with the Tallahassee Community Chorus and we recently performed with the Tallahassee Sympony and "Sleigh Ride" is a stable for the annual Holiday concert. It's indeed unfortunate that lost his creative genious so early in life

(Mr.) Lanue B Ryan
Tallahassee, FL USA
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 15:00:06 (EST)

Was moved by show on TV about Mr. Anderson. Liked Piano Concerto in C. Bought several of albums in '50s & 60s; have copied then to CD. Still great. Am glad that I lived during Mr. Anderson's life. Roger Evoy 1679 Ludwell

Dr. MAple Glen, PA 19002
Roger Evoy
Maple Glen, PA USA
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 12:17:58 (EST)

I have played Bugler's Holiday in a trumpet trio (off and on) since 1966. What a master piece!

Paul Cummings
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 01:30:25 (EST)

I am President of Baltimore's Marching Ravens which is the 400 member marching Band of the NFL Baltimore Ravens. The band history dates back to 1947 when they were the Baltimore Colts' Marching Band. During the years when Baltimore was without a pro-football team, the Colts' Band stayed together promoting Baltimore around the nation to show we still had the spirit in Maryland for pro-football. In 1996, when the Browns became the Ravens, the Modell Family when owned the Ravens adopted the Colts' Band and made them into Baltimore's Marching Ravens. Being a member for 40 years, and a big fan of Mr. Leroy Anderson, I saw what joy and happiness his music has brought to our members and for our fans throughout the years. We have used many of Mr.Anderson's compositions since 1947 and still do to this day. What delights me is the young people coming into our organization and playing Mr. Anderson's compositions for the first time and the excitement in their faces thinking they discovered something new. This only goes to show Leroy Anderson will live on forever in his wonderful compositions for generations to come. John Ziemann Band President Baltimore's Marching Ravens

John Ziemann
Jarrettsville , MD 21084
Monday, December 16, 2002 at 10:23:35 (EST)

I'm a member of the Mary Washington College Community Orchestra, which recently gave an all Leroy Anderson concert. The music was genuinely fun to play and to listen to. Thanks to Kurt and his mother (Leroy's widow) for contributing so much - scores, information, videos - and for coming all the way to VA to hear us. It was a very memorable event.

Dr. Ellen Brown
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Saturday, December 14, 2002 at 22:22:16 (EST)

My wife and I were also attendees at Mary Washington College's recent concert honoring the life and works of Mr. Anderson. Thank you, Kurt, and Mrs. Anderson for honoring us with your appearance. It truly was a wonderful evening....brought back many memories of playing his pieces in school concert bands and orchestras. Mr. Anderson, to me, is in a class by himself among composers. I liken him to Norman Rockwell, in that he was a composer who produced music loved by the masses. And that is a wonderful legacy to leave behind!

Roy Leonard
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Friday, December 13, 2002 at 22:55:40 (EST)

I am a trumpet player / high school music deparment chair / instrumental music director. I bought "Once Upon a Sleigh Ride" is September, thinking it would be fun to show around Christmastime to several of my music classes. It's a great video. Very informative, and appropriate for any time of the year. Very well-done. By the way, even today's students recognize and enjoy Leroy Anderson's music! I highly recomend this video. Louis A. Spagnola- BS; MMEd

Louis A. ( Lou ) Spagnola
Exton, PA USA
Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 13:14:30 (EST)

Leroy Anderson is one of the best light classical composers. Some of his best music is Sleigh Ride, and Fiddle Faddle.

Sean Gerald
Eloit, Me USA
Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 08:38:22 (EST)

I am a 15 year old High School student in the San Francisco bay area and play french horn in my school band. Although this site is very informative, I thought that this was something that had to be said: I have played "Sleigh Ride" more times than I'd care to remember in my short music career and over the years have developed a type of unconditional hatred for the music that my director described as "schlocky." It's great that Anderson did all that great stuff in his life, but you think he could have written a better french horn part for one of the only secular songs schools can play for any winter concert! Sorry for complaining. I had to vent. Sincerely, Jeremy

San Mateo, Ca USA
Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 00:12:35 (EST)

Mary Washington College-Community Symphony Orchestra performed, tonight, the music of Leroy Anderson. It was a marvelous concert. The Orchestra, Conductor, and special guests were wonderful and so full of life, humor, fun, and the passionate love of music. Brilliant performance! What better music than that of Anderson's to make such a splendid evening

Martha Wheat
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Saturday, December 07, 2002 at 00:30:09 (EST)

I enjoyed this site because, it provided a lot of information to help me get the only A+ in my Music Theory class when I did a report on Leroy Anderson!!!!!

Elizabeth Ackermann
Biggsville, Illinois USA
Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 17:02:24 (EST)

Delighted to have seen the PBS special on Channel 2 here last week. I didn't remember much of it the first time around so it was a pleasure to hear the best of this great composer. I'm also happy to see that my original comments from '00 are still on this page. Like a lot of people here, I first heard Anderson's music as a kid, probably on period (early '60s) TV shows. I also attended Saturday Youth Concerts by the Boston Symphony in the late '60s- I'm sure an Anderson number was on one of those programs. Last week, I ventured (in the freezing rain) to Groton, MA, and the magnificent Shanklin Wurlitzer organ. Sad to say, no Anderson pieces were played, but I'm positive something like "Serenata" or "Forgotten Dreams" would sound tremendous on this impressive instrument. As noted earlier, I heard several of his tunes two years ago on the Kotzschmar Organ in Portland, ME. Of course, we hear the Phil Spector/ Ronettes "Sleigh Ride" a lot at this time of year. Even Spector and his over-the-top tricks can't kill the Anderson sound! Thanks again for keeping the memory of the greatest American "light music" composer alive. I hope to find one of the CDs here- either the Fiedler set or Anderson's own- during the holiday season

Jonathan Cohen
Brookline, MA USA
Friday, November 29, 2002 at 23:14:38 (EST)

To the Andersons: Just a note to mention that I watched WGBH's program regarding Leroy Anderson last night. I was so impressed! I was born in 1946 so I remember many, many of his compositions, but I did not really know they were all composed by the same person...or who that person was. I was so young when I would hear the old radio playing this music--it was one of those primary memories. My mother nearly 'wore out' the Blue Tango record from playing it repeatedly! My brother and I found the record this summer. Our mother is in a nursing home and continues her love of music. I am going to find a Leroy Anderson tape or CD and play it for her. It is guaranteed that she and many of the residents will perk up when they hear this music. We live in Massachusetts and are very familiar with Cambridge and Boston. Our son recently graduated from New England Conservatory in Jazz Studies. During the program, it was brought out that Mr. Anderson was known to walk along listening/composing music that no one else could hear---I sure know that trait!! I am so glad that I tuned into that program. He was wonderful! Shirley J. Jones

Shirley J. Jones
Marion, MA USA
Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 18:47:05 (EST)

In the "50" I used to listen to the radio the big international orchestras for many hours. For every piece was announced the title and the author, and I nothed those I liked best: it seemed to me to take possession of them for ever. It has been, for me, the way to know the great authors, especially of the wonderful american music. My kid's fancy created, on those musics, images and sensations, but Your music, Mr. Anderson, was already images, sensations and situations more bright, lively and pleasant of those my fancy could give me. Today, Mr. Anderson, now that You are one thing with Your music, that kid born in 1944 has come to meet You, and feeling Your guest gives him a great sincere emotion. Alberto Francalanci - Florence - Italy

Alberto Francalanci
Florence, Italy
Saturday, November 23, 2002 at 08:56:55 (EST)

In May, 1995, I purchased a video tape containing a 1968 episode of the television series Captain Kangaroo. For seven years, I have been wondering the title of one of the songs that was used as the background for one of the program segments. I discovered the title a couple of days ago, when I heard the same song played on a 1966 episode of The Jackie Gleason Show. The song is titled "The Phantom Regiment", and in my opinion, deserves to be in a class with "Serenata", "Belle Of The Ball", "Sandpaper Ballet", "Bugler's Holiday", "Trumpeter's Lulluby", "Plink, Plank, Plunk" and other fantastic Leroy Anderson creations. His music will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who appreciate the genius (a word that is sadly mis-used) of such a talented person. Thank you, Mr. Anderson, for giving us an amazing wealth of material from your career. The world's population is in debt to you for your contribution to the world of fine music

Jason Beard
Syracuse, NY USA
Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 09:54:22 (EST)

I am one of the "community" members of the Mary Washington College Community Orchestra and fall into the category of a "don't quit your day job" musician. I have always enjoyed Leroy Anderson's music, and listening to or performing "Trumpeter's Lullaby" and "Bugler's Holiday" are the only occasions when I wish I played trumpet instead of French Horn! We are all looking forward to the upcoming concert and consider it a privilege to pay tribute to a true icon of American Music. We are especially honored to host Mr. Anderson's wife and son at the upcoming event

Earl Baughman
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at 18:25:32 (EST)

Our Symphony (The Mary Washington College/Community Orchestra) is planning a tribute concert this December to Mr. Anderson's works. I (along with everyone else) have always enjoyed "Sleigh Ride" but am very excited to perform many of his other works. Mr. Anderson certainly had a genius for melody and originality. I hope that there will be many more tribute concerts to Mr. Anderson's works by other symphonies more prestigious than ours. Jilleen Harter Principal violist (MWCCO)

Jilleen Harter
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at 11:37:53 (EST)

Our orchestra will present a Leroy Anderson Tribute concert at the campus of Mary Washington College on Friday, December 6th at 8pm. Kurt and Eleanor will be in attendance, and we will feature Dr. Mike Davison on trumpet, and a special arrangement of Sleigh Ride with chorus. We are really looking forward to it! Contact: Dr. Kevin Bartram, 540-654-1956 for more information

Dr. Kevin P. Bartram
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 14:34:05 (EST)

Recently I heard a CD from Canadian Brass with a.o their masterful performance of Bugler's Holiday. Searching the web I found the composer. I enjoyed the web-site and the (regretfully small) parts of his work to be heard. Wonderful to be remembered of Leroy Andersons compositions I heard as a child. Loved it very much

wim steenbrink
rotterdam, Netherlands
Monday, November 18, 2002 at 13:11:03 (EST)

Syncopated clock = finest piece of music I have ever heard

Charlie Stewart
Needham Mkt, Suffolk UK
Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 17:07:48 (EST)

Great site! I remember when "The Syncopated Clock" was the theme music for a TV show. I think it was the 11:00 movie. I often perform Sleigh Ride with my choruses and play an excerpt of "The Typewriter" for my general music classes. The students always enjoy it

Smithtown, NY USA
Friday, November 15, 2002 at 13:51:40 (EST)

I enjoyed the website and thought it might be interesting to add to it some of the composer's thoughts and reasons behind the songs he wrote

Ashley Cochren
Durant, IA USA
Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 14:34:33 (EST)

Leroy Anderson is an American treasure. My family and I enjoyed the PBS program about him so much, and I recently purchased the video, "Once Upon a Sleigh Ride" for myself, and one for my uncle who, before his retirement, was a band director for UCLA. Mr. Anderson was a very talented man and his music has provided so much enjoyment for countless people. It would be hard to name my favorite song. Certainly "Sleigh Ride" and "The Syncopated Clock" would be at the top of my list. Also, "The Belle of the Ball" is right up there with them. The website is wonderful. I am a baby-boomer who grew up with the Beatles, but I love Mr. Anderson's music!

Cynthia Burdyn
Broken Arrow, OK USA
Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 07:38:22 (EST)

Leroy Anderson was a master of creating joyous uplifting music. Each piece a new way to celebrate life. This world could use more men like Mr. Anderson

Zoltan Csillag
Newtown, CT USA
Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 07:23:37 (EST)

Thoroughly enjoy Mr Anderson's compositions. I recall listening to The Irish Washerwoman and other compositions as a youngster in the early 1950's -- a pleasant feeling of nostalgia arrives when listening to his works. Special favorites: Syncopated Clock, The Typewriter Song, and The Waltzing Cat..

John Penhallegon
Bellevue, NE USA
Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 06:48:21 (EST)

I am really impressed with the creativity of Leroy Anderson. Every melody is full of color, it is fresh, it is romantic , it is fun,it is sunshine and it is life. It takes me to some place, some times I dont know where but it is a positive feeling. With a simple harmony he can say a lot.....simply incredible. Thanks for let us know the work of this gran maestro

Joel Gabino, pianist.
Miami , Fl. USA
Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 21:35:02 (EDT)

Of all the moments i had when I grew up on a farm that most stick in my mind, its the sounds trickling under the door of my uncle in rapture every Christmas when he yanked out his Leroy collection out and did a non stop disc by disc play of everything. Sleigh Ride, Sycopated Clock, Waltzing Cat, the works, the music grew on me even though i'm not a rabid classical fan like he is, enough so that i've ordered the PBS special......looks like his stocking will be stuffed indeed. Good thing he doesn't have net access or his eyes would bug out if he saw this. Sure to be a surprise :)

Jason Woodedd
Port Hope, Ont Canada
Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 12:58:43 (EDT)

Mr. Anderson's music has brought much joy to my life. As a child, listening to all fo the happy tunes that were performed with such strength and feeling. As an adult, listening and continuing to relive the memories of the freedom and carelessness of my childhood. My heart tells me that Mr. Anderson surely had a kind, loving and gentle spirit. That spirit was VIVIDLY dispayed in his musical compositions. What a wonderful gift this man has given to the world. Clearly, there will NEVER be anyone who can equal his accomplishments. Thank you for this opportunity to share my feelings for him and his work with others

Mike Moore
Rockkwall, Tx USA
Friday, October 18, 2002 at 16:29:28 (EDT)

Thank you for this excellent website! Some of the most fun I had in high school and college was playing Mr. Anderson's tunes in the band. His music is joyful, and fun. He must have had quite a sense of humor. He certainly deserves a place alongside the likes of Ellington, Gershwin,Bernstein,etc

Dan Murray
Langhorne, Pa USA
Friday, October 11, 2002 at 18:53:32 (EDT)

Thank you very much for this site I am very fond of the work of Mr. Anderson and am particularly pleased with his "Irish Suite". I also enjoy Scottish music and would love to hear his "Scottish Suite" and indeed other neglected pieces. Do you know of any organization that is planning to record any "missing links"? Thank you MLS

Morton L. Siegel
Friday, October 04, 2002 at 11:18:00 (EDT)

Je suis tr�s heureux d'avoir trouv� ce site sur Leroy Anderson, car en France on ne trouve pas de CD de cet artiste. F�lic�tations

Michel BINET
nubecourt, france
Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 07:58:54 (EDT)

I looooooooooooove sleigh ride! It is my all time favorite song. I come to the home page and just sit and listen to it for hours! Thanks!

Hollie Bowie, MD USA
Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 15:50:20 (EDT)

Whenever I hear "Blue Tango", I am instantly four years old again which was my age in 1952 when it was a no. 1 hit! We have a radio station here that regularly plays Leroy Anderson's music, especially on Sunday mornings. (KTOZ-AM, which is on Not too long ago, they played him an entire half hour. I love it when the string section gets a workout ("Fiddle Faddle") or when the music makes you want to waltz around the room ("Belle of the Ball"). The Waltzing Cat, the Typewriter song, Trumpter's Lullaby and Serenata all have a home here in the midwest. Your web site has taught me some things: for example, Plink! Plank! Plunk! sure sounded familiar, and I had not connected it with the 50's game show "I've got a Secret" until now. Also, it sounds like 1951 was a incredibly creative year for him. This is a great site, and Mr. Leroy Anderson was a great American composer

Dave Hiett
Springfield, MO USA
Monday, September 16, 2002 at 23:50:33 (EDT)

I am an eight grader, and my band teacher is featuring me in the Trumpeter's Lullaby. Our band was selected to play in the Teachers Convention in Madison, WI. It is a very fun song.

Tim Ekenberg
Mt. Horeb, WI USA
Monday, September 09, 2002 at 09:51:59 (EDT)

The first classical composition I remember was Fiddle Faddle back in the early 1960's, 5th of 6th grade. I've loved classical music every since then

Marques Reese Wilson
Flower Mound, Tx USA
Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 12:04:49 (EDT)

I have read here all these comments, full of love and admiration for Leroy Anderson's music and I share fully their views. As a great admirer of Gerschwinn, Copland, I. Berlin, C. Porter and, yes, the American-period Antonin Dvorak I have long thought that the wonderful music of Mr Anderson's is in a league with the best of them. The only particular thing I have to offer, besides sending my love to his memory through your fine Webpage, is that I am not American as most of your guests: I am a Chilean citizen and this is to let you know that in the tip of South America I had a "Leroy Anderson childhood" too; songs as The Typewriter (my absolute favourite as a young boy), The Sleigh Ride, Blue Tango (Tango Azul for me) and many others were quite as familiar for me as they were for you in the U.S. Isn't it wonderful that, so far from the composer's own country, there were young people like me that treasured his music? In my first visit to the U.S., some years ago, one of my first purchases was a couple of Leroy Anderson's records in a big NYC record store. He is not only a much loved American composer in his own country. Like all great artists he is part of the whole world's very best things. Thanks for your Page and greetings from Chile.

Raul A. Abramson
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Wednesday, August 07, 2002 at 02:08:40 (EDT)

I am an unconditional admirer of Mr A nderson whose music is an absolute delight for me.What is annoying here in Belgium is the fact that CDs with his music are hard to find.In my opinion this exceptional composer is the equal of Gershwin , Kern, Berlin and Porter .When you listen to his compositions you ,immediately recognize in him a great musician of very refined taste.His orchestrations are so rich and so pleasant to the ear .All his melodies are superb and will be played throughout the world for many years to come, I am convinced .. What is beautiful is never forgotten

Lognay Jacques
Verviers, Belgium
Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 13:28:54 (EDT)

Leroy's music compositions speak volumes about his personality and his witty character. My website is featuring the music of Leroy Anderson this month. These are performances that identify our love of this American composer

Richard J. Parish
Frankfort, IN USA
Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 10:18:44 (EDT)

Leroy Anderson is probably the most under-rated and under-appreciated composer of the 20th Century. He was quite simply a genius and an American treasure whose name should be in the same league with Gershwin and Berlin

Frank Terranella
Clifton, NJ USA
Saturday, August 03, 2002 at 13:17:03 (EDT)

Listening again to Leroy Anderson's tuneful & imaginative music is for me: Childhood Revisited! It brings back my earliest childhood memories of my home in South London listening to the BBC's 'Light Programme' in the late Fourties & early Fifties. Today I live in the county of Surrey, and I'm sure that whether you listen in Surrey or Saratoga to his music it will still make one's imagination stir and marvel at his musical gift - to us all

Surrey, UK
Friday, August 02, 2002 at 12:34:46 (EDT)

As the director of The Studio Orchestra since 1976 I have been using many of the Leroy Anderson classics. These pieces are as big a hit today as they were when I started the orchestra.

Lonnie Nofzinger
Madison, WI USA
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 16:37:02 (EDT)

HI Guys, Nice site Keep up the good work!

char, nc USA
Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 18:19:41 (EDT)

Greetings to you and your guests. Love what you’ve done with your site. As an educator I can say you have great communication skills.

La Mesa, Ca US
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 04:10:48 (EDT)

How would I describe Leroy Anderson's music? Pure Genius! As a composer/conductor/teacher, I come across Leroy's music a lot, and it never fails to be a huge success with audiences of any age. Long may Leroy's music live on

Kevin Ackford
Manchester, England - Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 04:24:38 (EDT)

They really don't write music like Leroy Anderson's today! Witty, urbane, technically accomplished and refreshing. My particular favourite is the sinuous "Serenata", but almost any of his pieces lift my mood..

colin gent
Cardiff, UK
Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 10:19:02 (EDT)

Thanks for the informative site. I love Anderson's work, and found your site very useful. I still cannot find anywhere online to order a conductor's score to SLEIGH RIDE (for full orchestra). Know where? 'Christopher Wright, film composer

Christopher Wright
Winston-Salem, NC USA
Thursday, July 04, 2002 at 10:32:38 (EDT)

I first heard Blue Tango in about 1951. I bought the LP and played and played it. I still enjoy listening to it today. I always say the two greatest tangos ever written are Blue Tango and Jealousy.

John Palmer
Johannesburg, Souyh Africa
Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 13:39:48 (EDT)

What a wonderful tribute to a great American composer. I had the pleasure of seeing Leroy Anderson conduct the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in a childrens concert at Southern Connecticut State College in the early 1970's--I have been a fan ever since. I will never forget the image of him conducting the orchestra in the "Typewriter Song" and "Syncopated Clock." Later, while in my high school band, I had the opportunity to play trumpet on several of Leroy Anderson's compositions, including "Bugler's Holiday." You can imagine my surprise and delight when years later, I ended up building a house not only in the same town, but also the same street that this composer once lived! This is such a great honor. I will always be a great fan of his music and now I am introducing my children to his music as well. Thank you for the great web site!

John J. Mazzucco, M.D.
Woodbury, CT USA
Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 20:59:15 (EDT)

THe memories of my childhood come flooding back as I hear the snippets of Leroy Anderson's work. From the Typewriter to the Clock to Bugler's Holiday (my favorite). I never realized the full extent of his music. I remember playing some of his tunes while in the band from my junior high days thru college. Wonderful to hear them again -- I plan on purchasing a CD so that I can share the music with my 3 year old daughter.

Cathy Cox
So San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 13:32:31 (EDT)

Thanks to the Family of Leroy Anderson for this web page. This is wonderful! In the early 1960's on music night, where I attended school, I was in for the treat of my life when I heard "Bugler's Holiday," for the first time. I was about twelve years old, and that was the best thing that had ever happened in that school. There were three boys who played it and they did good. IT was very inspiring, it was the type of thing that would make students want to do even better with their lives. At that time I didn't know that it was written by the same person who wrote "Sleigh Ride." And I came to find out much later that Leroy Anderson had written many other wonderful songs that I also loved. His music is wonderful and I am thankful that I have some of his music, I will play it for my grandchildren, they both love music, at four years old and three months. But I will never forget that wonderful night, at the school, where I heard "Bugler's Holiday", for the first times, I will always remember it. Thanks for sharing the music of Leroy Andreson with everyone, it remindes me of a time when life was really good

Linda Watson
Alabama USA
Monday, June 17, 2002 at 00:12:42 (EDT)

Great Site. I used to play Anderson's music in my high school band (about ten years ago).Pieces such as Trumpeter's lullaby and Bugler's holiday are my favorite. Even here, in Israel, Anderson is quite famous, and aqtually The Typewriter is being used as the opening theme for The Voice of Israel's week news, every Saturday morning for at least forty years

Nadav Askari
Jerusalem, Israel
Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 04:55:09 (EDT)

The Boston Pops programs should give more recognition and credit to Mr. Anderson

Douglas Martinez
Boyce, LA USA
Saturday, June 08, 2002 at 03:58:55 (EDT)

I love Leroy's music and this site is a real delight! Great job!
Tom G.
Southington, CT USA
Friday, June 07, 2002 at 23:35:29 (EDT)

I love Mr Anderson's music. It was such a joy to find this site. I am a 1950's fan and still love the music. It will last forever

Margaret Helgesen
Norwalk, CA USA
Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 19:16:43 (EDT)

Hi there from Florida. Nicely done website. Best of luck

Dan Ross
Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 18:41:00 (EDT)

How nice to have a website for this wonderful American composer. I grew up in the fifties listening to his unique and memorable compositions. They could make me smile (The Waltzing Cat, The Typewriter) or feel teary-eyed (Trumpeter's Lullaby, First Day of Spring, Arietta). And everything in between was a joy to listen to. I hope he will be remembered and appreciated for what he was - one of the greatest composers ever to enter the popular American music scene

Tuesday, June 04, 2002 at 17:25:53 (EDT)

great site, keep up the good work -- love your music

Mike Monitor
los angeles, ca USA
Tuesday, June 04, 2002 at 17:23:45 (EDT)

I'm a long-time and devoted fan of Mr. Anderson's(Captain Anderson)music

Dave Hubbard
Boynton Beach, Florida USA
Monday, May 13, 2002 at 11:17:16 (EDT)

It's wonderful to play the music by Leroy Anderson! My favourite piece is Sleigh Ride. I bought the original orchestra scores and played the song on a Roland XP-80 keyboard. Of course, nothing is better than hearing the song played by a real orchestra! Here's a link to my song

Lee Kok How
Monday, May 06, 2002 at 02:00:43 (EDT)

Leroy Anderson's music is wonderful...

Daniel Davidsen
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 17:33:07 (EDT)

I enjoy listening to Leroy Anderson while sleeping. If I cannot sleep I will play Jazz Legato and then I fall asleep. Too bad the musicians today lack talent to be able to perform good pieces of music
Matt Overmier
Chicago, IL USA
Monday, April 29, 2002 at 08:01:53 (EDT)

I first heared Buglers Holiday in my car on my way to college in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1954. I immediately bought the music (the music store hadn't heard of it yet!), handed out the other two parts to cornet/trumpet playing friends of mine in the band, and when our band director heard us play it, he ordered the band accompaniment parts. Needless to say, we played it at every concert for four years. The first Christmas, December, 1954, we played it on a local TV station in Lincoln...the station gave our school some free time at 11 PM...after that performance, band directors from all over Nebraska called our band director at Union College to find out about that great trumpet trio music. I still perform it in my band on three double-bell euphoniums... Thank you, Mr. Anderson, for what you have done for my life, and American music!! Bob Romans

Bob Romans
Lodi, CA USA
Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 16:12:08 (EDT)

How nice to have a website for this wonderful American composer. I grew up in the fifties listening to his unique and memorable compositions. They could make me smile (The Waltzing Cat, The Typewriter) or feel teary-eyed (Trumpeter's Lullaby, First Day of Spring, Arietta). And everything in between was a joy to listen to. I hope he will be remembered and appreciated for what he was - one of the greatest composers ever to enter the popular American music scene

Rose Curran
Sarasota, FL USA
Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 14:35:46 (EDT)

I would like to find out more about the Piano works of Leroy Anderson. I have copies of the Concerto in C and 25 original piano pieces. I thought there was a Sonata? but I have been unable to find it. I would be interested to know why he withdrew the concerto from publishing, and information on what inpired these pieces. Thank-you

Debra J. Davis
Grand Jct., , CO USA
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 11:28:51 (EDT)

As a senior Pearl Harbor Survivor, I treasure all the good things about our country:- Norman Rockwell, Babe Ruth, Stephen Foster, Abraham Lincoln and others... But it is Antonin Dvorak and LEROY ANDERSON that says it best! To me, Mr Anderson is Christmas, prom night, Saturday morning, pumpkin pie and whipped cream - all wrapped up in a neat package. He represents America's finest......and I consider it a privilege that I lived during his life time

Robert J Crerar
Toronto, ON Canada
Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 15:42:09 (EDT)

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 12:33:48 (EDT)

As one in his early fifties, I have been in love with Leroy Anderson's music for a lifetime. My earliest childhood memory (from age five or six) is "Bugler's Holiday," which was used in the mid 1950's by a local TV station as an opening/closing theme for its nightly weather program. I was instantly smitten. Over time came "Syncopated Clocks", "Sleigh Rides," "Waltzing Cats," "Blue Tangos" a "Promenade," a little "Fiddle-Faddle," and of course a "Trupeter's Lullaby," and many "Foregotten Dreams." Is it possible to not like anything Anderson composed? I seriously doubt it! In college I had a dorm-mate equally enthusiastic for Anderson's work, and before bed on many nights we listened to Arthur Fielder's RCA recording of Anderson...always a treat. I purchased my first CD player in March of '86, and by July the Erich Kunzel/Rochester Pops "Syncopated Clock" CD was released and I was ecstatic. Well, I could go on and on about this music (and in other places and times, I have), but I'll close by saying it's great to have found this web site and I'd love to correspond with other Leroy Anderson enthusiasts. Mike Pence

Mike Pence
Phila, PA USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 10:17:13 (EDT)

I loved playing his music in HS (sleigh ride and that great trombone riff) and now I just bought the St. Louis Leroy Anderson collection CD --remembering my Mom playing the Blue Tango all the time when I was little--but my favorite is the romantic "Forgotten Dreams", so beautiful!

kathleen kilmer
Penfield, NY USA
Monday, April 15, 2002 at 23:35:49 (EDT)

I just had a wonderful time enjoying this site. Thank you for keeping this important music before us in concert and recordings. Linnie York, Brooklyn, NY

Linnie York
Brooklyn, NY USA
Friday, April 05, 2002 at 12:45:10 (EST)

I really liked your music. I want to join the New England Conservatory

Livingston, NJ USAv Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 10:08:53 (EST)

Hi i am doing a project on Leroy Anderson and i was looking for some pictures of him in school playing the piano but I didn't find and do you know where I coul d find some

Tim Blevins
Bella Vista, AR USA
Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 10:54:57 (EST)

I am doing a project on Mr. Anderson in music class and i just have to say he composed wonderful music. I am glade i picked him to do my project on

Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 13:34:19 (EST)

From high school, where we sang a chorus arrangement of The Syncopated Clock, then college, where I played trombone during Sleigh Ride, and conducted our small music department orchestra in my favorite of his compositions Serenata, Leroy Anderson has been a part of my life. Last night I had the pleasure of sitting with his wife at the Torrington(CT) Civic Symphony Leroy Anderson Pops Night,where 10 of his compositions were played, and where I had the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Anderson, who had come with her son, grandson, brother-in-law, and friends.

Shelby Peck\
Torrington, CCT USA
Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 13:13:12 (EST)

My beloved father took home movies from the time I was three years old....and he always used Leroy Anderson music, especially the Penny Whistle Song, for the soundtrack. Mr. Anderson's music is so very special to me, and now that I'm in my 50's and no longer have my father, I feel his presence every time I hear Leory Anderon music. He was a true genius who's music keeps me going when I sometimes think I cannot.

kim tenenbaum
los angeles, ca USA
Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 16:44:12 (EST)

Please tell Mrs. Anderson that I have learned to play the simplified piano version of FORGOTTEN DREAMS. MANY THANKS FOR THE SHEET MUSIC

rich montville
Middlebury, CT USA
Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 18:11:11 (EST)

Mr. Anderson was absolutely the best! It would be wonderful to know of one outlet that could provide all of his music (on CD) that could be ordered by mail or internet. Is there such a place? B. Cook

Bob Cook
Kansas City, MO USA
Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 21:52:55 (EST)

I am very fond of the music of Leroy Anderson and, as a pianist, I play some of his music. I wanted to let you and your other visitors know how much I have been enjoying the new Naxos recording of Anderson's music. I am a Classical Music Specialist (store clerk) in a record store and I have been playing it in the store a lot and have been selling it a lot. Some people wonder about my playing "Sleigh Ride" after Christmas. I tell them: "At least now I can listen to it without someone using it to try to sell me something. I can enjoy the song for itself. And in some parts of the country (not usually in Portland), sleigh rides are fun at other times of the year, not just at Christmas time. Does anybody go on sleigh rides anymore, I mean, real sleigh rides, with horses and sleighs?

steve relei
Portland, or USA
Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 18:53:43 (EST)

I think that Typewriter is one of the cleverest bits of music ever written

Richard Lake
Bristol, UK
Monday, February 25, 2002 at 08:28:39 (EST)

I am associated with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra (Carl Topilow, conductor). I am very thrilled that we are doing a concert devoted to the music of Leroy Anderson. I can't imagine life without Mr. Anderson's compositions. His music is the very definition of "Pops:" the blending of classical orchestral music with the styles of jazz, swing and musical theater. He is an American original, along side of Aaron Copland, Norman Rockwell, John Philip Sousa. I feel the pulse of the nation in his rhythms, the colors and textures of American life in his melodies and orchestral palette. There is no question that, through a lifetime of hearing Leroy Anderson's works, he has been a major influence on my musical orientation.

Gordon Leigh Petitt
Cleveland, OH USA
Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 17:40:40 (EST)

What a great site and tribute! I had no idea that he studied doublebass..what a wonderful tidbit that will impress colleagues! Thanks for the lovingly created site

Greg Sarchet
Chicago, IL USA
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 23:22:50 (EST)

Leroy Anderson truly was a great American Treasure. One cannot help but humming and whistling an Anderson tune after first hearing it. Composer, orchestra leader, American soldier, and one who left a wonderful legacy of music to an adoring public. My favorite song to hum is "Forgotten Dreams". Thanks for this great web site. I enjoyed it very much. NJ Schroeder MD

Norman Schroeder
Green Bay, WI USA
Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 23:16:03 (EST)

My first introduction to Leroy Anderson was the "Early Show" on WBBM-TV in Chicago. They, as did the New York stations, used the "Syncopated Clock" as the theme music. I was hooked on the sound. Then someone bought a "Best of..." album. The music was and still is GREAT, and will continue to be loved forever. "Sleigh Ride" is a wonderful song all year long. We don't have to wait for Christmas

Rod Anderson
Monrovia, CA USA
Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 23:23:27 (EST)

I wasn't familiar with Mr. Anderson's music until I did a search on Big Bands for our radio station on, and d/l some titles from AudioGalaxy. Well! What a wonderful surprise! A lover of Classical music, as well as Swing, and the Big Bands era, I was delighted to find a mixture of the three in Mr. Anderson's compositions! I am sure my listeners will be as enthused as I am to find one of the greats from the Boston Pops, no less, on my new Playlist! What a treat this promises to be. Thank you so much! Sincerely,
Dianne A. Gregg
Montreal, Qc Canada
Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 20:37:58 (EST)

May 18, 1972..I remember a handsome gentleman asking me if him and his wife could sit at my reserved table for the Boston Pops evening..yes, of course, be my guests!..not knowing that it WAS Mr Anderson ..only after he was introduced to the crowd as it was his Birthday Bash..! What a memorable evening..I still love ALL of his compositions! It's like entering a beautiful dream..forever!! Thank you for letting me share this with you..

Helene Geiger
Toronto, Canada
Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 17:14:25 (EST)

Listening to music on the radio in the early 1950's was a treat and where I first became aware of Leroy Anderson. I was fortunate to see Goldilocks during its run in New York and I love the score. I just wish more people were aware of the huge variety of his music. I cherish the lp records of Anderson music that I have collected over the years. Guess I will have to start getting some of the cds now. Thanks for a great web site. I'll tell my music loving friends to visit too

MaryJane Connell Fusco
Katonah, NY USA
Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 20:16:22 (EST)

I have been a Leroy Anderson fan since I first heard Waltzing Cat back in the 50's. I often play his music on tape/record as it is not often played on radio in this country. Sleighride is about the only piece played at Christmastime. It is a great pity not more people appreciate his work

Clive Britten
Wolverhampton, England
Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 13:57:37 (EST)

Many thanks

Alan Greggs
Birmingham, UK
Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 16:39:53 (EST)

I am thrilled to have finally found this site! I am an actor and have wanted to find printed music from 'Goldilocks' - specifically I Never Know When and Shall I Take My Heart... I am wondering if there is a printed version of The Beast In You?

Barbara McEwen
East Longmeadow, MA USA
Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 08:52:11 (EST)

I love your music

Katrin Finch
Boise , ID USA
Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 22:49:36 (EST)

As a Advacned Clarinetist, I need a peice that has fun to it. Anderson's Clarinet Candy does that. Anderson was a genious. His peices are a masterpeice. I am glad to have learned of him. Clarinet Candy is the best darn peice I have played that had fun in a concert. If you have the music to Clarinet Candy and want to send a copy for a price I will pay, please emial me. All Clarinetists that have played this peice, also email me. I want your reaction to this peice

Paul Edger
Davidsonville, MD USA
Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 20:56:05 (EST)

I love Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, Typewriter, and The Syncopated Clock!!!!!!!!!!

Anna Koelsch
Sunfish Lake, MN USA
Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 17:09:57 (EST)

I love Music of Leroy Anderson. I have CDs which are MCA Decca's 2CD "Leroy Anderson Collection" performed by composer and RCA's CD "Sleigh Ride" performed by Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra. These are very good music and makes me very happy. I love Serenata, Clarinet Candy, Home Stretch, Belle of the Ball,Penny-Whistle song ,etc. I know this web site just now. It is Nice. Thanks from Japan

Hayasi Daiti
Tokai-City, Aichi-pref. Japan
Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 03:27:51 (EST)