Saturday, October 20, 2018


Concord by Clare Grundman was commissioned by “The President’s Own” Marine Band in 1987, and presents material from three folk tunes attributed to the American War of Independence. “The White Cockade” was a popular fife and drum tune. “America” was composed by William Billings, one of America’s first choral composers who supported the Revolution with his music. Now adopted as a patriotic American song, “Yankee Doodle” is thought to have been first sung by British military officers to mock the colonists they served alongside in the French and Indian War. (Source: Webnotes, US Marine Band)