Not Your Average March - N.Y. Light Guards Quickstep
by, 07-22-2009 at 06:00 PM (299 Views)
Here is a nice little march from the 19th century. It is the New York Light Guards Quickstep. You'll notice is set at a slower tempo than we play most marches today, which can be a surprise because of the word "Quickstep" in the title. My understanding is that the slower tempo heard here is typical of what was done during the era of this march (1839).
The performance is by The United States Coast Guard Band, conducted by Commander Kenneth Megan, from the album "Gardens of Stone."
New York Light Guards Quickstep, march
From the Coast Guard liner notes:
Francis H. Brown composed N.Y. Light Guards Quickstep in 1839. The New York Light Guard was organized in 1826 as the Tompkin's Blues, named after their commander Colonel Daniel D. Tompkins. the lack of domestic and foreign threats in the mid-nineteenth century made militia service seem unnecessary, but there were a few elite organizations that prided themselves on their dedication to military service. In 1847 the state of New York reorganized independent militias into a new regimental system. The New York Light Guard became the right flank company of the 12th Regiment. Often referred to the "Old Guard," it was one of teh most celebrated military organizations of New York City.