Hello Everyone!
Thanks for a wonderful rehearsal last Tuesday. We got through a lot of important sections and were able to fine-tune many trouble-spots because of your patience and dedication!

I think you might remember that I mentioned there would be a survey linked to this week’s rehearsal notes…
Please consider completing the Survey – It gives me a chance to hear you. All questions – except the question about Halloween Rehearsal Times – are optional. Please don’t hesitate to add your name – it is especially helpful to have if I need to follow up on something. Feel free to use a pseudonym if you must, but remember, Harold Bennett is already taken.
NHB Survey (Fall 2023): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2XNNXRoRHSPpVyOrZhHVFVaWuQzuNq16mKYwtf2kqP1EhiA/viewform

Finally, I thought it was interesting to see the words behind the notes on our sheet music for our military pieces. Please see the lyrics for each service song at the bottom of this post.

See you Tuesday! 😄
Jenny Leist

Rehearsal notes:


  • I Vow to Thee
  • Great Locomotive Chase


  • In the Mood
  • (Five Ways I and V, In Honor)
  • Last Full Measure
  • The British Are Coming
  • (Not playing – Tears)

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Service Song Lyrics

The Caisson Song (key of Eb)
First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.
Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Semper Paratus (key of Ab)
slowly for the first 4 lines
So here’s the Coast Guard marching song,
We sing on land or sea.
Through surf and storm and howling gale,
High shall our purpose be.
“Semper Paratus” is our guide,
Our fame, our glory too.
To fight to save or fight to die,
Aye! Coast Guard, we are for you!

(key of F)
From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.
(ni-ted-states-ma-rine will ascend “sol sol la ti do”)

The U.S. Air Force (key of Eb)
Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ‘em boys, Give ‘er the gun!
(Give ‘er the gun now!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Anchors Aweigh (key of C)
Anchors Aweigh, my boys,
Anchors Aweigh.
Farwell to foreign shores,
We sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
Through our last night ashore,
Drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more.
Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.