Singing
10 men take “Little Drummer Boy” to a mesmerizing new level
I have never heard or seen this song done in a more beautiful way.
Eduardo Gaskell
12.01.22

Musical performances and the Christmas holiday go hand in hand, but only some leave audiences mesmerized.

One such incredible performance that’s circulating the internet focuses on a snare drumline.

It takes place at the Church of Southland in Anaheim, California.

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The drumming group is on stage in front of the parishioners with their show coming to an end.

However, before they complete it, they decide to give everyone an encore using the most perfect song choice – “Little Drummer Boy.”

It’s probably one of the more memorable and iconic Christmas songs thanks to that marching beat and the message behind the song.

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It’s a rendition of Josh Groban’s “Little Drummer Boy” that has the carol coming to life in an extraordinary way.

In fact, it’s been captivating viewers each holiday season for the last decade.

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Ten snare drummers from the Kingsmen Alumni Corps are standing in a line dressed in blue uniforms adorned with gold.

One of the men in the middle starts the performance by rhythmically beating on his instrument.

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As it turns out though, they’re not the only musicians in the church.

Vocalists are there to sing the classic lyrics, which tell a story relating to the day Jesus Christ was born.

All of the men eventually pick up their drumsticks and tap their instruments in unison.

The sound is inviting to the ears, and it’s entertaining to watch – but soon their speed picks up sending it to a whole other level of amazing…

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According to the video description, the snare drummers involved in the act were: “Armando Ayala, Scott Moreno, Fabian Hurtado, Greg Meader, Dale Lofgren, Peter Yi, Dave Adkins, Edgar Aliviado, Chico Eiffert & Steve Munsey.”

The person who directed it was Mike Makata – and there were several extra KAC and church performers as well.

And really, when you listen to this rendition, it’s so nice to sing along and bop your head to the beat.

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Get ready to be hypnotized as the drummers practice magnificent coordination playing “Little Drummer Boy.”

At lightning speed, they beat on their instruments and demonstrate they have skills with the drumsticks themselves.

When you close your eyes, it’s almost like you’re taken back to a time of marching royalty with knights on horses and such.

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The crowd was likely glued as the line of men began flipping their sticks creating the appearance of a long wave.

More than just a listening experience, it’s equally a visual show too.

With each movement, you can envision how much time, hard work, and dedication it must have taken to reach their skill level.

You really have to admire these guys.

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It’s not as common to see a drumline in a Christmas performance, yet, it’s really a magical addition.

Mixed with the vocalists and additional instruments, it all comes together beautifully.

On top of that, there isn’t a more fitting tune than “Little Drummer Boy,” don’t you think?

Upfront there’s even a six-year-old boy playing the song’s main character.

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The percussion group’s spectacular performance has been viewed more than 5.7 million times.

One person commented on YouTube:

“Every year in the period before christmas I watch this video, and even after so many times of watching this, it brings tears to my eyes. Why?, I don’t know it simply does.”

Another viewer wrote:

“So COOL!!! Love the drummers’ performance, the arrangement, the vocals–just a joy to watch and hear. Saved to my Christmas playlist!”

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It’s just another video to be shared with friends and family during the holidays.

And hopefully, it’ll bring Christmas cheer and warm some of those cold, weary hearts too.

You can watch all these talented musicians bring down the house in the video below! Hopefully, it brings a little brightness to your day, as it has for many others.

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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