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I liked The Bands Play On in SI, Oct. 11, but why did the author omit that famous Navy "Anchors Aweigh"? I am taking the liberty of telling you a little about this classic.
It was composed in 1906 by Prof. Charles A. Zimmerman, musical director, U.S. Naval Academy, bandleader of the Naval Academy band, and was dedicated to the class of 1907 (my class). The words were written by Captain A. H. Miles, U.S.N. (Ret.), who was then a midshipman in my class....
It was customary in my day at Annapolis for Prof. Zimmerman to compose a march for each class, which made its debut at the June Ball?only the members of the class were permitted to dance when it was first played. Most of these class marches "died on the vine." But "Anchors Aweigh" was outstanding?we turned it into a long-needed football song, took it to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy game, and to its inspiring tune we beat the Army for the first time in four years.
Then came the famous world cruise of the Great White Fleet, conceived by President Theodore Roosevelt, who had built our Navy up. We took "Anchors Aweigh" around the world with us on this history-making cruise?it was the favorite marching music wherever the men of the fleet paraded? Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Honolulu, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne. By the time we had circled the globe, "Anchors Aweigh" had become a world-wide favorite. We marched to it in the inaugural parade of President William H. Taft upon our return in 1909, and it has been one of the theme pieces in all naval parades since.
I GASP IN WONDER
? SI is surprised that Lauber took his band duties so lightly as to overlook the words, by Daisy Chotas '30, and music, by brother Nick '32, of this home-grown song (see cut). Nick Chotas, now an instructor at the University of Florida's School of Architecture, wrote the song for a football rally and it became a popular number for games and dances. It has, regrettably, not been heard recently. Composer Chotas enjoyed it last in 1936 when played by Ted Weems' band in Washington. Chotas, who someday hopes to write the great American light opera, says: "It was a nice, pretty song, but I never got anything out of it."?ED.
WORDS AND MUSIC
?"My Yellow Jacket Girl" is on its way to Atlanta with Si's best wishes for an early revival.?ED.