Band of Freemen

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 Theme code Index    6663 5551H
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    March/Marche
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 History    USA(Mid Atlantic)
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Samuel Bayard
 Book/Manuscript title    Dance to the Fiddle March to the Fife
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 287, p. 241
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1981
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BAND OF FREEMEN. American, March (4/4 time). USA, Pa. D Major. Standard. AB. From the Pennsylvania fifing tradition. The title comes from a song called "The Old Granite State," popularized in the early 1800's by the Hutchinson family of singers, and which had a repeated chorus-line of "We're a band of freeman." The tune was used for several spirituals and camp-meeting songs, especially by the Millerites. Bayard (1981) "emphatically" disputes Winston Wilkinson's assertion that the tune is the air or the Irish reel "Take Her Out and Air Her." He also thinks that the tune may possibly be a derivative of a Scots march by Oswald, "The Tulip."

Source for notated version: fifer Hiram Horner (Western Pa., 1944) [Bayard].

Printed source: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 287, pg. 241.