I wrote the first version of Patriotic Medley when I was a Rotary scholar and needed a piece for an event in July 1992. I then reworked the piece for my father’s memorial service in 2010.
After an introduction in the style of a trumpet voluntary, the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ enters quietly. The next melody is ‘America The Beautiful’, placed over running patterns in the left hand. It is between the phrases of ‘America The Beautiful’ that three of the service melodies are interspersed: ‘Anchors Aweigh’ [Navy], ‘The Army Goes Rolling Along’ [Army], ‘The Marine’s Hymn’ [Marine Corps]. ‘Taps’ then gives tribute to the sacrifices made by many women and men in service to their country. The piece finishes with ‘Taps’ rising in the bass against ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ in the treble.