Roving Quick Step (The)
X:1 % T:Roving Quick Step, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:March S:Thomas Nixon Jr./Joseph Long copybook (c. 1776-78, p. 72) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amix B2|cde ece|BGB e2d|cde efg|BGB d2B| cde ece|BGB e2d|agf edc|BGB d2B:| |:acA ecA|acA e2c|acA ecA|BGB d2g| acA ecA|acA e2c|dfd cec|BGB d2B:|]
ROVING QUICK STEP, THE. American, March (6/8 time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The march was also entered into the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. .  (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. The copybook appears to have started by another musician, Joseph Long, and to have come into Nixon’s possession.