Talk:March (music)

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European march music[edit]

  • "Sousa was not the only highly popular march composer. England had its own “March King”. Kenneth Alford (aka Major Frederick J. Ricketts) is known as the British March King (see his separate article). Other European march composers included Julius Fucik, Franz Von Blon and Hermann Blankenburg (see March Music Composers below). Many concert bands such as the famous Sousa Band would tour around the world, making their country’s marches a favorite in many different countries."

The above was removed from the American march music article after it was moved from March (music). Hyacinth 09:37, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

Played & sung by soldiers[edit]

Currently marching song redirects to this article, but it doesn't cover the practical roots and use of march music & march songs: sung and/or played by soldiers travelling from one place to another. Obviously this usage pre-dates any usage of the style or genre by a composer, and continues today. --Design 04:30, 26 July 2006 (UTC)


I think the very first statement is a little harsh and rude,

"A march, as a musical genre, is an unintelligent piece of music with a strong regular rhythm which in origin was expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by a military band, intended for people who can't count to 3"

Perhaps it should be rephrased a little nicer and less derogatory. —Preceding unsigned comment added by MarVelo (talkcontribs) 22:41, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks SousaFan88 wasn't sure, but that seemed a bit mean as I am in a marching band myself. MarVelo 13:01, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Wow, are you serious? A "little" harsh? "Perhaps" it should be rephrased? The statements were wholly inappropriate for Wikipedia. -- (talk) 08:28, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

In rock/pop?[edit]

Are there any good examples of rock or pop songs with a marching feel? Right now, all I can think of is Pink Floyd's "Bring the Boys Back Home" -- except that that really isn't a rock or pop song; it's a marching song by a rock band on an album with multiple styles.

Anyway, does anyone agree that a section on march-flavored rock/pop would be interesting, appropriate, etc.? -- (talk) 08:33, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Sure, a small paragraph on its use and/or non-use and a couple notable examples. A grab bag list wouldn't be good (a lot of genres/instruments have a problem like that). ♫ Melodia Chaconne ♫ (talk) 11:03, 22 March 2008 (UTC)


This distinction is a bit confusing. Does Scots-Irish refer to Northern Ireland? Because it seems to be talking about Scotland and Scotland is British. When it says British does it mean English? Æscing (talk) 18:55, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Additional citations[edit]

Why and where does this article need additional citations for verification? What references does it need and how should they be added? Hyacinth (talk) 01:08, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Latin American march music - Argentina[edit]

"Argentine military marches, unique in style and melody are inspired by the countless exploits of the Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic in its long military history." I am Argentinian and I think this sentence is self-serving and opinionated. It is not proper encyclopedic information, and sounds like shameless propaganda. It doesn't bear review; it should be completely erased. Jorge mt62 (talk) 07:51, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

It's probably not any worse than much of the rest of the article. It's all pretty bad. ♫ Melodia Chaconne ♫ (talk) 13:16, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

Japanese march music[edit]

Added this today. Time permitting, I'll fill it out in the coming weeks. Perhaps even branch it off into an article of its own. CurryTime7-24 (talk) 01:58, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

Requested move 6 December 2015[edit]

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The result of the move request was: not moved. Reasonable concerns by and SSTflyer have not been addressed. Jenks24 (talk) 13:19, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

March (music)March music – per WP:NATURAL. Timmyshin (talk) 19:01, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Is there any evidence that this is actually called March music since WP:NATURAL does say that we should not use obscure of made up names?-- (talk) 03:35, 7 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose – the genre is referred to as "march". Do not make up a name. sst✈(discuss) 10:56, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

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American March Music[edit]

In the discussion of J.P. Sousa's Stars and Stripes, the article states that the piccolo part is a solo. This is incorrect - it is not a solo (which, strictly speaking would mean the rest of the band would be silent or play nothing but chord tones), but rather, factually, it is a counter-melody that is first presented on its own , and then played a second time over the principal melody during the last D.S. of section C leading up to the final double-barline. It is my opinion that the article needs to be modified to reflect musically-correct information. (talk) 18:29, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

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