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The Little Drummer Boy; by Robby Robinson
A Jazz and Percussion instrumental featuring Paul French on the conga drums.
Video created December 1998, Running Time 8min 13sec
Click here to see "Journey To Bethlehem" album (created 7-8 years after this video)
This version of "The Little Drummer Boy" was performed and arranged by Robby
Robinson, featuring young Paul French on the conga drums, for a Christmas
program at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Santa Clarita, California, in December of
1998. Paul began playing percussion for the worship services there at the age of 8
years old. When Robby Robinson joined our church as worship leader and music
director, he was pleased to keep Paul in our worship band as the percussionist,
although Paul was very young. Robby's background as a professional musician for
over 35 years had great influence on our whole worship team and congregation as
well. His musical experience and talents, his love for Jesus Christ, truly brought a
whole new approach to worshiping the Lord through music and song. Paul and
myself, (I was the drummer) learned more than we could have ever imagined
during the 8 years of playing alongside Robby Robinson in our praise and worship
Rex Robinson (Robby's brother) playing bass, he too, has a professional
music background playing with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as Robby did,
for over two decades (not to mention other numerous artists and countries they
traveled to around the world during their music career). It is an honor for anyone
to serve the Lord with their musical gifts, but for Paul and I this was an even
greater blessing because of the learning opportunity and great Christian fellowship
within our church and
Praise Band itself!
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The other musicians in this video who played that day, and are part of our praise and
worship team were, Kathy Marshall on tenor sax, Sean McCoy on alto sax, Amanda Ellery
playing flute, and myself on the drums (below Paul). Robby was difficult to see because he
was behind his Hammond organ, playing the keyboard. Robby's version of
The Little
Drummer Boy
was one of our favorites because it was written with short breaks in the song
for drum solos and fills. The horn parts were great too, and the music was very upbeat with
changing rhythms and styles! We played this song once before during a Christmas program,
prior to when this video was taken, when Paul was only about 10 years old. He then
received the nickname in our church as being,
the little drummer boy. As I look back now,
those years in our lives were very important in building a strong musical foundation for Paul
and myself, but even greater than that, and more important towards our eternity, we were
being built-up in our faith and love for Jesus Christ! We give HIM, Jesus Christ, all the glory
all the honor, forever more, AMEN!
Christopher W. French
Psalm 150

Praise the LORD.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD.
Paul French - Go To Journey To Bethlehem album!
See Paul's Conga Drum video!
Robby Robinson playing his Hammond organ during the "Robby Robinson and
Friends" Concert 12-19-04. Photos by
Dave French
Christopher W. French playing drums at Robby's Concert.
Robby Robinson playing keyboard.
Some clips taken from the video above. Paul was 12 years old.
Listen to Paul's Percussion Album
Journey To Bethlehem". Musical
Themes from Biblical Times!