This lively patriotic march was written by F.W. Meacham. The song was copyrighted in 1885 and first published for piano in 1914. This sheet music piece is the first published musical score for this famous and still revered score, especially favoured by marching bands.
Frank W. Meacham was born in 1850 in Buffalo, New York. He died at the young age of 46 in New York City. He is a famous American composer and arranger of Tin Pan Alley, but his most famous work is American Patrol, the popular march we have here. This march was originally written for piano, and then it was arranged for wind band and published by Carl Fischer in 1891. It was later arranged for Glenn Miller's swing band by Jerry Gray, and was also arranged by composer Morton Gould.
The American Patrol tune became very popular right before World War I. The first recording was a 2-minute Edison cylinder made in 1903. The song retained popularity during both World Wars, and the version by Glenn Miller and his orchestra became especially significant.
Meacham lived in New York City for most of his life, and most of his works were military marches, tribute pieces, and early ragtime works. He also usually worked as an arranger rather than a composer, arranging pieces for Victor Herbert musicals and Stephen Foster songs.
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DIMENSIONS: 13¾" X 10¼"
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