National Q.S.   

    18--, T.E. Williams  (d.1854)  / arr: anon    [1st Brigade Band Books]

        Though many songs are regarded as “National Airs”, most would not make an effective quickstep. The arranger has chosen The Red, White and Blue also known as Columbia, Gem of the Ocean as the basis for his march. The Trio section, in 6/8 is in the form of a jig. see:  Red White and Blue


Nightingale Waltzes


Ninetta Polka

    1864, Johann Strauss, Jr.   [Coon's Brass Band Music, 1864]

        Count Carlo Gozzi wrote the play “The Love For Three Oranges,” in 1806. Today, we are more familiar with Prokofief’s setting and its delightful  March. Strauss also set the farce to music with his Princess Ninetta. One of the selections was a “New Pizzicato Polka,” not to be confused with the “Pizzicato Polka” he penned with his brother, Josef. The play concerns a forlorn prince. Laughter is the only cure. His problem is that nothing amuses him even though his father, the king, tries everything. A witch arrives to make sure the prince doesn't laugh; when he finds her hilarious, she curses him to fall in love with and wander the world in search of ... oranges. When he peels the third orange, the beautiful Princess Ninetta appears. His attempt to marry her is confounded by the witch’s jealous servant.


No One To Love

    1861, Wm. B. Harvey, M.H. Frank or A.H.C. Richardson    [4th NH, Manchester Cornet Band Books]

        This piece must have been very popular as several other composers claim it as their own, including E.P. Christy. The lyrics reflect a sad individual who has endured a lifetime of loneliness and now awaits death— for in Heaven, he won't be weeping alone. Stephen Collins Foster, the hopeless Romantic, was so bemused by the words that he wrote an answer in the form of a question: “Why, No One To Love?”


Northampton Q.S.  

    18--, Thomas Coates (1803 [or 18] – 1895) [4th NH, Manchester Cornet Band Books]

        Thomas Coates served as Bandmaster of the 47th PA Regimental Band from 1861 – 64. A prodigy of his musician father, Coates mastered the French horn by age 8 and joined a circus band at age 10.  An avid composer, Coates found his niche in funereal music. Secret societies (think Masons, Elks, Shriners) always buried their members to the sound of dirges. His #11 was particularly well received, though band members claimed hearing his #13, 14 or 15, played by the 100-piece unit, would testify on the beauty of his work. When a society of leading German musicians in New York buried their president, a band of 300 played one of Coates’ dirges. He considered his highest honor.

        Coates went on to lead the band at Barnum’s Hippodrome, Dodworth’s second band until the outbreak of war. His 47th PA Regt. Band later became a brigade band and stationed at Hilton Head, and Key West. In 1870, he returned to his birthplace, Easton, PA, where he lived till death. Easton is located in Northampton County, PA.