Thanks to those who have submitted entries to the Guestbook page. We appreciate hearing from people who enjoy Leroy Anderson's music.
The Anderson Family
He is my favorite composer of all times. I enjoy listening and playing his music in my local concert band.
December 28, 2011
Thanks to you, Leroy Anderson & your family for your many contributions to the world of music. I've been a High school band director for the past 17 years and have always enjoyed performing "Sleigh Ride" and "Bugler's Holiday".
Michael T Pla
December 25, 2011
Growing up in Connecticut in the 50's, I well remember listening to Leroy Anderson's pieces being featured on the local radio station, WTIC in Hartford. As a young teen during long winter homesick-filled evenings while away at boarding school in Litchfield County (CT), his songs helped cheer the soul. Now today, this 4th of July, 2011, while listening to an NPR broadcast of a Leroy Anderson concert hosted by one of his sons, it is clear to me that Leroy Anderson was not only a great musician and composer, but he also represented what is best about America - pride and enjoyment in our combined dreams, cultures and inspirations as citizens of the USA. Thank you, Mr. Anderson!
July 4, 2011
All of Leroy Anderson's wonderful tunes "come from ether" as far as I am concerned. I knew them as a child in Switzerland. I still enjoy them today--as a grandmother.
July 4, 2011
One of the first LPs my father purchased from the RCA record club was of
Leroy Anderson. I remember that when those records arrived how as children we loved to listen to his music and "direct" along with them. Today...over 50 years later I listened to a recording of Leroy Anderson directing the Air Force Band from 1972 and renewed that same enjoyment of the music I recall from my youth.
July 4, 2011
I discovered the music by a very good radio program called "funiculli funiculla"
Wonderful music. Thanks !!
Wervik - Belgium
June 23, 2011
I grew up listening and loving Mr. Anderson's music. Now I have fallen in love with his Piano Concerto. I am so glad that it has come to light.
Philip A. Kerr
April 27, 2011
My grandfather taught me to sing The Minstrel Boy. Every time I play Leroy Anderson's arrangement of this song - (Irish Suite 1947) - it sends shivers down my spine.
April 26, 2011
Glad to see the guestbook up and running again, this is my fifth entry here. Every few months I need my "Leroy Anderson high" and fortunately it is very easy now that I have all his CD's on my IPOD ! Wonderful, wonderful music, and brings back so many memories of my youth too (I'm 62). I highly recommend the 2 CD set here of Mr Anderson's own interpretations of his music.....simply the best. His versions of Serenata, Fiddle Faddle, China Doll, Blue Tango, Trumpeter's Holiday & Lullaby (with the incomparable James Burke at the trumpet), Belle of the Ball, Song of the Bells, Summer Skies are the best of the best. Virtuoso composing that requires virtuoso playing....and he got what he wanted ! Still, I do plan to buy the other 3 CD's of the Naxos/American Classics to round out my collection. Interesting mainly because they contain previously unrecorded pieces like "Governor Bradford March" which is very good. Thank God for Leroy Anderson...he made this world a happier place !
April 25, 2011
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed listening to the excerpts
on this website of Mr. Anderson's performances. I grew up in the 50's and
60's in the greater Boston area. My family listened to the radio a lot and
I remember the wonderful songs like Belle of the Ball, Bugler's Holiday,
Blue Tango. and of course, Sleigh Ride. I remember the announcers saying
the song names and composer. I had not looked into the life of the
composer of those songs until now. How I wished I had done so earlier when
he was alive. I know now that I am a fan of his delightful music and
listening to his music brings back happy memories of those growing up years.
I learned of the PBS DVD and have just ordered one after visiting this
website. Indeed, Mr. Anderson was a brilliant, creative composer whose
music have brought so much joy to the world. Thank you for sharing his
music and work.
April 24, 2011
Somehow Christmas would not be Christmas without "Sleigh Ride". As a very
young man I recall playing this on piano accompanying children at a large
Christmas ballet performance in Manchester, UK. Now over 40 years later it
still gives such joy. I also recall that "Forgotten Dreams" was my first
real piece of music to be mastered as a child. What a master of melody Mr
April 18, 2011
I am in my late 50s, and my parents played the music of Leroy Anderson while
I was a youngster. I have several CDs of his music, and I thank my late
parents for exposing my musical taste buds to the likes of Mr. Anderson. To
this day, whenever I play his music, it readily puts a happy, familiar, and
fun pace into the everyday existence. Great stuff! Thanks so much.
Patrick J. Corbett, CPA
March 8, 2011
While watching the Lawrence Welk Show on PBS this evening, the Welk orchestra played a medley of Leroy Anderson's works. It was wonderful to hear this wonderfully melodious music again, in particular -Serenata - which brought back the memory of accompanying this song for my high school choir over 40 years ago. Such great music... Thanks so much for this marvelous legacy!
Dr. M. Holmes
February 27, 2011
I remember my parents playing Leroy Anderson records on our new Hi-Fi turntable in the early to mid-60's. Hearing his music brings back great family memories and great music memories.
Mt. Pleasant, MI
February 12, 2011
I played Mr. Anderson's Trumpeter's Lullaby while in high school in 1958-1962, Clarksville, Iowa. After a career in engineering, what a blessing to be able to still perform this wonderful song on my trumpet,
now that I am retired. Mr. Anderson left a legacy few can match, and I thank him so much for writing these beautiful songs. Best wishes for the New Year 2011!
With kind regards,
Dean W. Schilling
New Braunfels, Texas
January 16, 2011
I heard Mr. Anderson's Sleigh Ride at the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's annual December holiday pops concert in Burlington, Vermont. I am so glad the VSO and the chorus performed the vocal version. Everyone loves the music and the lyrics add so much. It just wouldn't be Christmas without Sleigh Ride. Thank you for this wonderful website. Happy New Year !
January 1, 2011