AFS #21 – The War to End All Wars


The twenty-first volume in the famous American Frontier Suite series features music popular in the United States during the early years of World War I, before the U.S. entered that conflict. This medley includes four tunes popular during these years, tunes that portray the looming war and the early years as jazz was evolving into what we know it today.


Volume 21 in this series features music popular in the U.S. during World War I, some of it from before the United States entered this terrible war. This medley features four tunes popular during this era, including:

  • How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree) — (Walter Donaldson, 1918) This delightful tune took America by storm in 1919, but in spite of the upbeat nature of the tune, the sentiment of sending our boys to a place where they could “see Paree” in a time when it took weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean highlighted the concern that American soldiers would not want to return to farm life after experiencing the culture of Europe during the war.

  • If You Were The Only Girl in the World — (Nat D. Ayer and Clifford Gray, 1916) One of the most poignant love songs of its day, this tune is still widely recognized and performed today.

  • Alabama Jubilee – (George L. Cobb and Jack Yellen, 1914) This tune brings out like very few others how America was moving inexorably into the era of jazz. True jazz as we know it today had not yet been developed, but its precursors, in ragtime and Dixieland, were making their way into the musical scene, and this tune is a wonderful example of how the jazz genre was developing in the early 1900s.
  • It’s A Long Way to Tipperary — (Jack Judge, 1912) One of the most widely recognized songs of WWI, and was the first truly big hit song in the UK during the war. The song was supposedly written for a 5-shilling bet and was performed in a music hall the next night.

NOTE: This work is ready now. The files are COMPLETE and can be downloaded immediately following your purchase. There is a possibility we might issue corrected parts after the first few rehearsals. If you would like to take advantage of our special introductory discount offer, let us know on our CONTACT page, and we will send you a discount code good for more than 50% off the cover price.

This piece has been carefully scored to be a challenging Grade 3, and would be another ideal piece for state contest lists.

It will also make an ideal easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.

Here is a video of the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performing the Premiere of this work.

The downloadable file is now complete and can be downloaded immediately after purchase. The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performed this on May 20, 2018, and feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. We hope to post a video of that performance here soon.

This work will make an ideal easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.

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