The AMERICAN FRONTIER SUITE SERIES

is a series of medleys of music popular in North America and the United States throughout the first century and a half of its history, spanning the years from mid-1700s through the 1920s.

The Purpose Of This Series

SailingShips200x134The purpose of these suites is to preserve for modern concert band players and audiences these tunes that were popular during different eras of the history of America. Some of the tunes in the earlier suites date from before the United States became a nation, and many of them were popular in areas that were not (or were not yet) a state in the Union.

Regardless, these timeless melodies are all a part of our history, and they should be heard and preserved for future generations. The American Frontier Suites series brings to both players and audiences alike a tremendously entertaining way to experience, preserve, and honor our musical history.

The Contents of Each Suite

PushingWestward 200x117Each medley in the series is comprised of four to six tunes from the particular era depicted in the title of that particular suite. For example, in Suite #1, “The Revolutionaries,” we have “The Girl I left Behind Me,” “Free America,” “Yankee Doodle,” and two more tunes, all very popular in revolutionary-war-era America.

As of early 2016, there are nine volumes of these suites available;  we have plans for more than 20 volumes when the series is complete.

Preserve our Musical History

Help your musicians learn about and preserve this historic music, and bring this musical history to your audiences. Add these American Frontier Suites to your library today.

Currently Available

The links below are to the suites we have available for purchase on this site now. If you would like information about the other suites – which will be coming soon – please use our CONTACT US page to ask about them.

 

LISTING OF ALL SUITES and CONTENTS

Below is a list of all suites that will be posted here, along with the tunes included in each suite.

 

American Frontier Suite Volume I – The Revolutionaries

  • The Girl I Left Behind Me  (Imported from England’s “Brighton Camp,” Probably written in 1758)
  • Barbara Allen (Traditional, Pre-1665) (Samuel Pepys wrote about this song in his journal in 1665)
  • Free America (a.k.a. “The British Grenadiers” but used by Patriots as a battle song; new American words written by Joseph Warren; origin can be traced to a tune “The New Bath” in Playford’s dance books of the 1600’s.)
  • Yankee Doodle (Traditional, Pre-1770)
  • Chester (William Billings (1746-1800), 1778)

American Frontier Suite Volume II – The Seamen

  • Sailing, Sailing (Traditional)
  • Blow The Man Down (Traditional, Pre-1800)
  • Columbia, The Gem Of The Ocean (Thomas A’Becket, 1750)
  • Drunken Sailor  (Traditional)
  • Sailor’s Hornpipe (Traditional)
  • Eternal Father, Strong To Save (William Whiting, John Bacchus Dykes, 1860)

American Frontier Suite Volume III – The Appalachian Frontier

  • Simple Gifts – Joseph Bracket (1848)
  • Sourwood Mountain (Traditional, Pre-1915) (or Foggy Foggy Dew? 1815)
  • Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair (Traditional, pre-1870)
  • Polly-Wolly Doodle (Introduced by Daniel Decatur Emmett’s Minstrels in the 1840’s)
  • Shenandoah (Traditional)

American Frontier Suite Volume IV – River Valley Suite

  • My Old Kentucky Home (Stephen Foster, 1853)
  • Down In The Valley (Traditional) (or Blue-Tail Fly, 1840)
  • Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes  (Ben Jonson (L) 1616, Music Unk, post 1770)
  • The Arkansas Traveler (Various attributions, pre-1850)
  • Carry Me Back To Old Virginny (James A. Bland, 1878)
  • Old Dan Tucker (Daniel D. Emmett, 1843)

American Frontier Suite Volume V – The Builders

  • John Henry (Traditional, Recorded by Billy Murray, 1910)
  • The Erie Canal (Thomas S. Allen, 1905) (Erie Canal built 1817-1825)
  • I’ve Been Working On The Railroad (Traditional, pre-1850)
  • Paddy Works On The Erie (RR) (Traditional, pre-1850)
  • Casey Jones (T. Lawrence Siebert (L), Eddie Newton (M), 1902)

American Frontier Suite Volume VI – Pushing Westward

  • Oh, Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie (Rev. Edwin H. Chapin, 1839)
  • Red River Valley  (Traditional, Pre-1830)
  • I Ride An Old Paint (Traditional, Pre 1880) (?)
  • Bound for the Promised Land (M. Durham, 1835)

American Frontier Suite Volume VII – Gold Rush Days

  • My Darling Clementine (Percy Montross, ca. 1880)
  • Sweet Betsy From Pike (Traditional, pre-1850)
  • Oh, Susannah (Stephen Foster, 1847)
  • Coming ‘Round The Mountain (Traditional, pre-1880)

American Frontier Suite Volume VIII – Brother Against Brother

  • Garry Owen  (Traditional, Pre-1800)
  • Rose of Alabama (S.S. Steele, 1846)
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Patrick Gilmore, 1862)
  • Aura Lee (George Poulton and W. W. Fosdick, 1861) (Love Me Tender)
  • The Battle Cry of Freedom (George Root 1820-1895)

American Frontier Suite Volume IX – A Nation Divided

  • Bonnie Blue Flag (Harry McCarthy (L), 1861; Music: traditional Irish)
  • Tenting Tonight On The Old Campground (1864, Walter Kittridge)
  • Marching Through Georgia (1865, Henry Clay Work)
  • Darling Nelly Gray (1856, Benjamin R. Hanby)
  • John Brown’s Body; William Steffe (M), ca. 1855)