March of the Gate City Guards

March of the Gate City Guard by Author L. Wood - 1880

Some weeks ago, Col. Straut send me a an audio copy off a piece of music – The March of the Gate City Guards. I’ve uploaded the audio file to a streaming service called ‘Sound Cloud’ and if you CLICK THIS LINK, you can listen to it.

I was able to locate the sheet music for this piece in the Library of Congress. From the cover, you can see it was published in 1880. This would have been shortly after Capt. Burke and Company returned from the “Peace Mission” of 1879, a friendship tour he called the “peaceful invasion” of the North by the Guard.

CLICK HERE for a link to the sheet music on the Library of Congress site. As you can see, the arrangement was published for both piano and for brass band.

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