This piece was written by Leroy Anderson while he was stationed at the Pentagon in 1945, He was still in military service when it was premiered by him while conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra’s “Army Night”.
He later recorded it in September 1950 with the stereo version following in June 1959.
Unpublished until the mid-2000s, it is described as having solo trumpet playing a “brisk walking theme” followed by a “flowing middle theme” supplied by the string section and then completed by a “broad finale” by full orchestra.
Eastman Pops Orchestra recordings
Mercury 432 013-2 (CD: The Music of Leroy Anderson)
Conductor – Frederick Fennell
Richard Hayman and Orchestra recordings
Naxos 8.559125 (CD: Anderson: Orchestral Favourites)
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra recordings
RCA 68048 (CD: The Typewriter)
Conductor – Leonard Slatkin