The origin of the word “Yankee” is not completely known.  However, at the time the song was written (1775) “Yankee” referred to an American Patriot Colonist from New England. The word “Doodle” was a British word meaning a simpleton or fool.  “Macaroni” referred to a fancy style of dress.  The original lyrics to Yankee Doodle were written by the British and used to mock or make fun of the Colonist.   However, the Americans proudly proclaimed themselves Yankee Doodles when they won the battles of Concord and Lexington and sang “Yankee Doodle” as they pushed the British back to Boston mocking the British with their own song.    Shortly thereafter the Americans changed some of the words to be about the battle at Bunker Hill and these are the lyrics that we know today.

On Page 2 are the Addtional Lyrics to “Yankee Doodle”

PLAYING TIPS:  Itty Bitty Notes

If  you don’t know how to play some of the big notes or if the notes seem too high or to low you can play the Itty Bitty notes; they work just as well. 

[Free Band Music]
[Yankee Doodle]
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  • Find your Instrument in one of the colored boxes.
  • Click on the box and the music for your instrument will pop-up.
  • NOTE:  You’ll need Adobe Acrobat to see, download, and print out the music.