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Manual of Arms Polka for Bugle with Brass Quintet

By Claudio S. Grafulla

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Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn in F, Brass Quintet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Claudio S. Grafulla. Arranged by Jari A. Villanueva. Early Music, Fourth of July, Patriotic, Americana. Score, Set of Parts. 27 pages. Published by JV MUSIC (S0.706297).

Item Number: S0.706297

Manual of Arms Polka for Bugle with Brass Quintet by Claudio Grafulla arranged by Jari Villanueva.

Bugle in Bb and Brass Quintet. Full score and parts including extra sub parts for Eb Alto Horn and Baritone TC

Claudio S. Grafulla (1810-80) was an outstanding bandmaster mostly known to bandsmen as the composer of The Grand March and Washington Greys. He was known also as a talented arranger and during the war was director of the 7th Regimental Band of the New York State Militia (N.Y.S.M) in New York. This band was considered a pace-setter not only for military but also popular music. Manual of Arms Polka was written for the 7th Regiment in 1862 and incorporates the bugle signals of Assembly, Shoulder Arms, Right Face, Left Face, Right About Face, and Fix Bayonets. Some of these calls are not found in the regulation drill manuals of the day and may have been exclusive to the 7th Regiment.

 The last section includes the song “Comrades Touch the Elbow.” This was the song of the 9th Company, 7th Regiment, N.Y.S.M. The song describes how Soldiers would “touch the elbow” to steady their nerves as they moved forward together in battle.

 Touch the elbow now, my boys!
Comrades, touch the elbow
INerve the arm, and banish fear,
And, comrades, touch the elbow

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