Sammy on Parade was one of Alfred D. Cammeyer's most popular solos, though it is seldom heard nowadays. As a march it ranks with the best written for Classic Banjo, such as Return of the Regiment or the Palladium March.

According to Bernard Sheaff, Cammeyer's star pupil, Cammeyer was inspired when he saw the parade of the American troops though London in 1917, after the USA joined the war. He reputedly wrote this solo in only one hour, and it was published shortly thereafter.

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Comment by Trapdoor2 on April 20, 2013 at 14:54

Well done, Mike! Great expected of Mr. Cammeyer.

Somewhere in those pix, my grandfather is marching along...

I like to think he might have been entertained by the likes of Old Joe and the rest. As he was both shot and gassed, he spent a lot of time in hospital...and likely got to see/hear a bit more entertainment than those who weren't injured somehow.

Comment by German David Patarroyo on April 20, 2013 at 15:25

5 stars quality, Mike!

Comment by Alan Sims on April 20, 2013 at 16:41

Love the tune .well played Mike .

Comment by thereallyniceman on April 20, 2013 at 18:30

They get better and better!  Superb tune and playing Mike. 

Bye for now, just off to burn my banjos. :-)

Comment by Mike Moss on April 20, 2013 at 21:52

Who knows Marc, maybe he even listened to "Sammy on Parade" considering it was already published by September 1917 and Joe often played Cammeyer pieces to entertain the troops!

Hey Ian, if you do burn your banjos, try playing "Hot Frets" while they're on fire ;-)

By the way, I'm really surprised that this piece is so relatively unknown nowadays. As a composition I think it's one of the best marches written for CB, with some very interesting modulations, nice bass string passages and a very dramatic bridge section. It's almost Morley-like in style. By the way, does anyone know what Morley thought of Cammeyer and vice-versa? I noticed in some old newspaper cuttings that they played at concerts together during the 1890s and some of Morley's pieces seem to be "answers" to Cammeyer's (El Contrabandista -> a "proper" bolero compared to Cammeyer's Bolero, which isn't a real bolero at all; Dancer's Dream vs. Dream Dance; Sammy on Parade vs. Jacko on Parade; Chinese Patrol vs. Japanese Patrol...) -- considering that Morley was on Essex's "side", did they have some sort of friendly or not-so-friendly rivalry?

Comment by marc dalmasso on April 21, 2013 at 7:07

well played ;

 i founded 2 " american patrol " ; the one i play and another

Comment by thereallyniceman on April 21, 2013 at 8:27

No not Hot Frets Mike,

As I prepare to throw my Weaver onto the glowing embers of my Gone Paragon and my Cinder hoop Special… all together now, for one last time:


“Blaze Away”… We’ll build a bonfire of our troubles….

Comment by thereallyniceman on April 30, 2013 at 18:12

This is a superb composition and seems just perfect for the banjo, so thanks to Mike for spotting it!

The original music in the LIBRARY is not very clear so Steve Harrison has sent me a clearer notation for  Sammy on Parade that he has re-entered in his music software.

I have now added this as an extra at the end of the original score that is available in the MUSIC LIBRARY.

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