July 2019 - "Anchors Aweigh"


Just in time for the July 4th holiday celebrations, this month’s free tab is an arrangement of the patriotic march “Anchors Aweigh”. It was written by Lieutenant Charles A. Zimmermann, a graduate of Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory of Music, who had been appointed as the U.S. Naval Academy’s bandmaster in 1887. He began the practice of writing a new march for each year’s graduating class, which he continued throughout his 26-year tenure in that post. In 1906, the Naval Academy had lost the annual Army-Navy football game for 5 years in a row, and Zimmermann was approached by Midshipman Alfred H. Miles, the leader of the Academy’s chapel choir, about writing an “inspiring march that could be used as a football marching song, and one that would live forever”. The two men worked on it together, and it was performed publicly for the first time at the game in 1906 (which Navy finally won). The original lyrics were about Navy “sinking” Army on the football field. But the melody was so captivating that eventually it was adopted as the official song of the U.S. Naval Academy, and the “unofficial” song of the entire U.S. Navy. As such, several additional sets of lyrics have been added to it over the years to reflect its more general use.

Wishing you all a Happy and Safe 4th!


Tull Glazener