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From 1906, an interesting recording of a United States Army lancers parade figure.

U. S. Army Lancers, 1st Figure
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 8247
Category Band
Title U. S. Army Lancers, 1st Figure
Performed by Edison Military Band
Circa 1906 (re-make of the 1902 release)
Announcement "United States Army Lancers played by the Edison Military Band."

In late 1902, Edison released an unusual series of four U.S. Army lancer figures – parade maneuvers for cavalry – on five cylinders (the 4th figure requiring two cylinders).

Although unusual by today's standards, at least the first two figures were fairly good sellers.   Originally recorded by the Peerless Orchestra, they were later re-issued by the Edison Military Band.

The music was written by prolific composer and arranger Theodore Moses Tobani, who most famously wrote "Hearts and Flowers".   The announcement and lancer calls were performed by Edward Meeker.

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