Honoring Zach Brooks, 8/12/18

The band was delighted to participate in an event in Chatfield, Texas to honor World War I soldier Zach Brooks, an African American soldier from the area. The memorial service took place at Chatfield Baptist Church. Mr. Brooks was one of five individuals who died during the war, a rather high number for such aContinue reading “Honoring Zach Brooks, 8/12/18”

Navy Hymn

The song alternately known as the “Navy Hymn,” “For Those in Peril on the Sea” or “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” dates back to 1860. During the 19th century, hymnbooks typically included sections of hymns devoted to the subject of divine protection for travelers, particularly for naval travel. This hymn has likely been the mostContinue reading “Navy Hymn”

El Degüello / El Dagüello

What music should be associated with the Alamo? There are at least two pieces that are known as El Degüello (alternatively spelled El Dagüello or simply the “Americanized” Deguello). The first is a bugle call traditionally thought to have been played by the Mexican Army and the second is a hauntingly beautiful melody that appearsContinue reading “El Degüello / El Dagüello”

Robert Browne Hall

Most often known simply as R. B. Hall, this composer lived most of his life in Maine. He was born in 1858 and died in 1907. He was born in Bowdoinham, ME to Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel W. Hall. Robert took lessons on E-flat cornet from his father and later added B-flat cornet to theContinue reading “Robert Browne Hall”

Roland F. Seitz

Roland Forrest Seitz was born in 1867 in Pennsylvania to William and Magdalena Zeigler Seitz. His paternal grandparents had come to America from Germany just over 100 years earlier. Roland was the youngest of eight children. His father died when Roland was only three, and as a youth, Roland began working as an apprentice printerContinue reading “Roland F. Seitz”

Music of the Civil War

The Kennedy Center explores the topic of band music during the Civil War. (Image credit: http://www.kennedy-center.org) See the full article below: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/media-and-interactives/media/music/music-of-the-civil-war/

How a Band Helped Win WWII in the Pacific

A Navy band was displaced by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Once they were bandsmen, they became cryptoanalysts, operating out of “Pearl.” They used their unique talents to break the Japanese code. https://auburnpub.com/news/local/roger-hare-admiral-nimitzs-secret-weapon-pearl-harbor-musicians/article_9680603c-e84d-5647-b00e-3d64bb1a91e6.html

United States Marine Band

The United States Marine Band is believed to be the oldest military band and the oldest performing organization in the country, having been authorized by an act of Congress July 11, 1798. This is the band known as “The President’s Own” because of its unique relationship to the President of the United States. Outgoing PresidentContinue reading “United States Marine Band”

Back in Time: Funeral of Pres. James A. Garfield

President James A. Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 by Charles J. Guiteau at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D. C. The President lingered for 79 days before succumbing to an infection and passed away September 19, 1881. Guiteau had apparently felt snubbed after being involved on the fringes of theContinue reading “Back in Time: Funeral of Pres. James A. Garfield”