"Ringgold march two-step," by Charles C. Sweeley, Vandersloot Music Pub. Co., Williamsport, PA, 1911.
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Cover of the sheet music depicting a big band ensemble standing in front of a building, wearing their uniforms, and holding their instruments.

Credit: Historical American Sheet Music, Music B-905, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University

In the late 1800s and early 1900s small towns across the Commonwealth and the nation boasted concert and marching bands that provided the sound track for public celebrations, introduced local residents to popular songs, and served as training grounds for young musicians. Following in the footsteps of John Philip Sousa, George Rosenkrans and other composers wrote marches, waltzes, and other compositions for local bands. Band music composer Charles Sweeley wrote this march for the Ringgold Band of Reading, PA, in 1911.

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