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Holidays: Veteran's Day


Many thanks to all those who responded. Here is a
compilation. There are some informative websites in
the compilation also.

We use a piece called "Salute to Our Patriots" from
America – A Pilgrim's Prayer, A Patriot's Dream. It
is by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Camp Kirkland. It
is published by Praise Gathering. The number is AO
8419. While the choir and orchestra are
singing/playing, we have a powerpoint presentation of
all of our service personnel, past and present
displayed. Each slide contains a picture in uniform,
the name, branch of service, and service dates. They
are separated by service, so that the members of the
Army display during the Caisson Song, etc.
While the song cycle is playing out - each service
person comes forward and is given an American flag.
At the end of the piece, all the service people are in
the front, and the pastor leads in a time of prayer.

Our Congregation loves it.

E. Joseph America

There is a medley of all the US military songs called
"Armed Forces Salute."
It is arranged by Joyce Eilers and published by Hal
Leonard. I did it last year with my large community
choir and the audience loved it. It can be
accompanied by piano, organ or orchestra. It includes
The Caisson Song(Army), Semper Paratus (Coast Guard),
The Marine's Hymn (Marines), The U.S. Air Force (Air
Force) and Anchors Aweigh (Navy.) This was the first
time I had ever seen the Coast Guard song in print.
We had veterans from each service stand as we played
their song. There were very few Coast Guard folks, as
you might expect, but one older man came up in tears
after we finished and told me this was the first time
he had ever heard the Coast Guard song included in an
event paying tribute to all our service people.

The choral arranging isn't great all the way through,
but it does work and at least you could use it as a
source if you want to look further.

Richard Morrissey Director
River City Chorale
Sacramento, California

I've used the ARMED FORCES MEDLEY with a community
chorus. If you don't receive particulars about it,
please write back and I'll get them for you. It's an
old but well written combination of all the songs.

Ruth McKendree Treen
Chatham, Massachusetts

the armed forces hymnal would be a great place to
start. the navy hymn (eternal father) has several
verses for different branches of the navy and they are
included in that hymnal.

lyn schramm

The best recording of these is on a recording by
Robert Shaw which was titled
American the Beautiful. It is now on CD but with a
different title, I think.

Gordon King
Verona, NJ

Liberty-A musical celebration of Freedom
by: Phil and Lynne Brower, arr. Don Wyrtzen
Jenson publications - #439-12014 (1986)
Does not include Coast Guard (Semper Paratus).

Local church does a patriotic concert every year...has
had this music for a long time, so I don't know if it
is still in print.

Steve Wilson
Metro East Community Chorale
Belleville, IL

The definitive arrangement in a medley is
Armed Forces Salute
Medley by Bob Lowden
Choral Arrangement by Joyce Eilers
Hal Leonard #40225078
All five theme songs are used, a very well done
arrangement, that is a choral setting of the famous
band medley of these tunes. It can be sung with the
band medley. This is the best setting of this that I
have ever come across.

Steven Szalaj
Crystal Lake, IL

US Coast Guard
Semper paratus by Captain Francis Saltus Van
Boskerck, USCG

US Army
The Army Goes Rolling Along by Brigadier General
Edmund Louis "Snitz"
Gruber transformed into a march by John Philip Sousa
in 1917 and renamed
"The Field Artillery Song."
[page 8]

US Air Force
Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder by Robert
Crawford, an amateur pilot
Lord, Guard and Guide the Men Who Fly

US Marines
Marines' Hymn
[page 2]

US Navy
Anchors Aweigh by Lieutenant Charles A. Zimmermann
[page 12]
Eternal Father, Strong to Save by John B. Dykes

Medley of Service Songs - Begin at Minute 52 - Armed
Forces on Parade
US Navy - Sea Chanters - Video of Concert at John F.
Kennedy Performing Arts Center
The Army Goes Rolling Along
Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder
Marines' Hymn
Semper Paratus
Anchors Aweigh
America the Beautiful

Battle Hymn of the Republic by Steffe/Wilhousky

William Prante
1216 Newton Street
Gretna, Louisiana 70053

There is a band/chorus arrangement called "Armed
Forces Salute" that is exactly what you want, and I
think the chorus parts come with a keyboard
accompaniment although I'm not 100% certain of that.
Check with your favorite music supplier under that
title. It might be listed under band arrangements
rather than choral, but there is a choral octavo

John & Susie Howell
Virginia Tech Department of Music
Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. 24061-0240

The Navy Hymn, as it is called, has a verse for every
branch of the armed services, including astronauts.
I'm sure some veteran might have a copy. I think there
are about 13 verses. If not a veteran, maybe your
local armed service branch might have a copy.

David Nordli
Robbinsdale UCC
Robbinsdale, MN

A piece I have published in SATB with Heritage Music
Press titled 'A Patriotic Salute'. It has the Navy,
Army and Marines Hymn and you can insert the Air Force
in unison (in the same key) between these. It also
has optional trumpet. Along with it is an opening
with taps and a few other patriotic song at the
beginning and end of the piece.

You may hear an audio and see a PDF on my website On the music search page, enter
'patriotic' in the keyword search box.

Linda Spevacek

There is an arrangement of the armed forces songs
called Armed Forces
Salute that is very accessible.

Leslie Garrett

Go to and browse under "Patriotic" music.
My HS choirs have done a Veteran's Day Program for
each of the past 3 years and found that the Veterans
really love the medley of all the songs. (I think it
was called "Armed Forces Salute.") We always had each
group stand up when the song for their particular
branch of the armed forces came up.
Carolyn Dwyer

My high school chorus has performed Armed Forces
Salute with good effect. I do not have access to a
copy at the moment, but I believe it is the
arrangement by Joyce Eilers, SATB and piano (+
optional instruments?), Hal Leonard HL 40225078. There
is also a 2-part arrangement. All the service songs
are included, the arrangements are straightforward and
easy to learn.

Fred Ford
East Brunswick, NJ

Song for the Unsung Hero, SATB, Joseph Martin,
Shawnee Press (has a
trumpet obligato at the part where "My Country 'tis of
Thee" comes--at
the end. Very powerful text!

Dr. Terry Barham.
Director of Choral Activities
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801

Salute to the Armed Forces; arranged by Camp Kirkland;
copyright 1996
By PraiseGathering Music. It includes "Caissons Go
Rolling Along,"
"Anchors Away!" "Semper Paratus," "The U.S. Air
Force," and "Marine
Corps Hymn.
When we sing this at our church, we have all the
people who have served
come up on stage so we can honor them.

Sara Minton

Thanks again!

====Helen Bielejec
Chancel Choir Director
Faith Lutheran Church
Albuquerque, NM

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Here is a compilation of what I have received so far in my quest for music to balance out an otherwise very heavy Veteran's Day program. Here is the list thus far

Things that Never Die Dengler
Fore Spacious Skies David Brunner
Of Thee I Sing David Brunner
In Flander's Fields Steven Chatman
I Vow to Thee My Country Gustave Holst
Paul Revere's Ride John Biggs
Chester William Billings (I found this on CPDL)
A Patriotic Salute Linda Spevacek
We are Coming Father Abram P. Brandvik
American Anthem Gene Scheer (Written for 9/11, performed at White House and on Oprah Winfrey)
Swingin' with the Saints Mark Hayes
America the Beautiful Mark Hayes
Goober Peas
Down By the Riverside John Rutter
Oh How I Hate to Get up in the Mornign Irving Berlin
This is the Army Mr. Jones Irving Berli

Thanks to all who replied. When I get my program finalized I will post it.

Dr. Greg Grove
Vocal Music Director
City High School
Iowa City, IA 52245

on July 2, 2004 10:00pm
Anything British or Canadian?