On November 11, KBACH will honor all who have served with a special edition of Arizona Encore at 7PM, featuring the United States Army Field Band performing a salute to the Armed Forces. Plus, throughout the day, you'll hear the official songs and marches of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
There are five branches of the Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard), plus two services (United States Public Health Service and NOAA Corps) that can be militarized by the President. Each has its own music:
The Army Goes Rolling Along
Originally titled, "The Caissons Go Rolling Along," "The Army Goes Rolling Along" is the official song of the United States Army and is typically called "The Army Song." It is adapted from an earlier work titled the "U.S. Field Artillery March," written in 1917 by John Philip Sousa, based on an earlier work by Edmund L. Gruber.
First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.
"Anchors Aweigh" is the fight song of the United States Naval Academy and march song of the United States Navy. It was composed in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmermann with lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles. The lyrics have been revised over the years.
Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh!
Farewell to foreign Shores, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay;
Through our last night ashore, drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more, here's wishing you a happy voyage home!
In Latin, Semper Fidelis means "Always Faithful." It is the United States Marine Corps' moto, often shorted to Semper Fi. In 1888, John Philip Sousa, known as The March King, composed "Semper Fidelis" at the request of U.S. President Chester Arthur. In time, it was recognized as the official march of the U.S. Marines.
“Semper Paratus,” Latin for “Always Ready,” is the motto and title of the official march of the United States Coast Guard. Captain Francis Saltus Van Boskerck wrote the lyrics in 1922 and the music in 1927.
We're always ready for the call,
We place our trust in Thee.
Through surf and storm and howling gale,
High shall our purpose be,
"Semper Paratus" is our guide,
Our fame, our glory, too.
To fight to save or fight and die!
Aye! Coast Guard, we are for you.
Wild Blue Yonder (The U.S. Air Force)
Robert MacArthur Crawford wrote the first verse and melody in 1939. In 1947, the Air Force, initially a part of the U.S. Army, became a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces, and the song was retitled, “The U.S. Air Force.”
Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!
U.S. Public Health Service March
In the late 1980s, retired U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Musician George King III composed a march for visiting dignitaries of the USPHS. It became the service's official march soon after.
The mission of our service is known the world around
In research and in treatment no equal can be found
In the silent war against disease no truce is ever seen
We serve on the land and the sea for humanity
The Public Health Service Team
Forward with NOAA
At the request of the National Association of Commissioned Officers, Bob Arberg composed a march for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (or NOAA Corps). "Forward with NOAA" was adopted as the official marching song of the NOAA Corps.
Forward with NOAA
With the Corps that's got it all
Science and Service
We are always there to meet the call
We survey the oceans
And we track storms in the air
Forward with NOAA
We're the NOAA Corps, we're always there
Into the Oceans and the Air
Sean Nelson, staff arranger of the United States Coast Guard Band, wrote "Into the Oceans and the Air," which became the new service song of the NOAA Corps in 2017. It was first perfomred on June 18, 2017.
Into the oceans and the air,
For Corps and country we do swear.
President Jefferson set us on our way:
"Survey the coast. Go without delay!" Aye!
Into the deep blue we do go,
Heave out the lead and chart below.
Fix your benchmarks with some pride; we are the sailor's guide.
We are the NOAA Corps!