American march music developed during the American Revolution and earlier colonial conflicts, in which a fife and snare drum would play while troops marched to battle. Thus it is said that march music is a military music.
The true "march music era" succeeded in the United States...
- Notable march composers in the United States
Most march composers were from the United States or Europe....
The true march music era existed from 1855 to the 1940s when it was overshadowed by jazz, which the march form influenced (especially in ragtime). American march music cannot be discussed without mentioning "The March King", John Philip Sousa, who revolutionized the march during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Therefore, a Wikipedia article about the march genre in American music should be titled "American march music", just as the article about the folk genre in American music is titled American folk music. On the other hand, the words "jazz" and "ragtime" have no meanings other than musical genres, so articles about those genres in American could ...
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