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Military musiclocked

  • Raoul F. Camus


Instrumental music associated with the ceremonies, functions, and duties of military organizations. By the 17th century, when settlers brought European culture to America, military music served several functions, some practical, others ceremonial; these included strengthening the morale of soldiers, conveying signals and commands, and providing accompaniment for ceremonial, social, and recreational activities. The American colonists preserved the European distinction between two types of military musical unit, the field music and the band of music....

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