THE REGIMENTAL QUICK MARCH
The Regimental Quick march is a combination of two tunes from the
Quick marches of The Queen's Own Hussars and the Queen's Royal Irish
Hussars. It begins with the Regimental call of the Queen's Royal Hussars
and proceeds into the first theme, "Light Cavalry", the
former Quick march of The Queen's Own Hussars. The Overture Light
Cavalry was composed by Franz Von Suppe in 1866 and was adopted as
the quick march of The Queen's Own Hussars upon their formation in
1958. The march's second theme is Galloping 8th Hussars. This is believed
to be an old Cavalry canteen song of the 1890's, the words have reputedly
been written by a squadron Sergeant Major of the Regiment, JR Thomas.
It was arranged by Bandmaster EP Courtnell of the 8th Hussars in 1926
and formerly adopted as part of the Regimental Quick march of the
Queen's Royal Irish Hussars upon their formation in 1958. The song
words are as follows:
I'm a soldier in the Queen's Army,
I'm a galloping Queen's Hussar,
I've sailed the ocean wide and blue,
I'm a chap who knows a thing or two,
Been in many a tight corner,
Shown the enemy who we are,
I can ride a horse, Go on a spree,
Or sing a comic song,
And that denotes a Queen's Hussar.
The final musical stanza contains a tenor counte-melody taken from
the second half of the Light Cavalry, the entire march being arranged
by the Bandmaster, DW Cresswell for the Regiments formation in 1993.
The motto of the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars was "Pristinae
Virtutis Memores" - mindful of former valour. It is fitting therefore
that the Regiment continues links with it illustrious history by maintenance
of the four slow marches of the 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th Hussars.
3RD KINGS OWN HUSSARS SLOW MARCH
Along with all the other Cavalry slow marches it was officially published
in 1903, though it had already been in use as the mounted march part
of the Regiment since at least the 1880's it bears no other title
than "The 3rd Hussars Slow March"
The Regimental slow march of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars
The "Litany of Loretto" - a solemn litany in honour of
the Virgin Mary - dates from the 13th century and is much sung in
Italy. It has it's own plain song melody and Palestrina composed many
settings of it as did many other composers including Mozart, in 1890,
whilst on holiday in Italy. The Commanding Officer of the 4th Queen's
Own Hussars was present when several of these settings were sung.
Colonel Brabazon obtained a manuscript copy of these melodies and
later commissioned Bandmaster Davies to arrange them as a suitable
slow march for Regimental use. This was done and along with all the
other Cavalry slow marches, it was officially published in January
1903, it became known in the Regiment under the title of "LORETTO".
The transcript was not considered ideal for performance by a mounted
band, but the imperfections were rectified in 1932 by Bandmaster Jones.
This revised version - a tone higher than the original publication
- was officially published the same year.
GARB OF OLD GAUL
The Regimental slow march of the 7th Queen's Own Hussars
Raised in 1690, The Regiment was originally a Scots Regiment, and
this fact accounts for the subsequent choice of "The Garb of
Old Gaul" as a Regimental March. This fine Scottish song tune,
which has done such good military service, was composed in 1770 by
General John Reid, a former Officer in the Black Watch who became
Colonel of the Connaught Rangers. In addition to becoming a distinguished
soldier, Reid was a proficient flautist and an able composer and was
so great a lover of music that he left his large fortune to Edinburgh
University to found a chair of music
OF THE SCOTTISH ARCHERS
The Regimental Slow March of the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
The tune dates from about 1780. Along with all the other Cavalry
slow marches it was officially published in 1903, though it had already
been in use as the mounted march - past of the Regiment since at least
having connections with The Queen's Royal Hussars
DETTINGEN MARCH GENERAL BLAND'S INSPECTION MARCH
In 1920 a manuscript copy of a march written to commemorate the battle
of Dettingen and the magnificent part played by the 3rd Regiment of
Dragoons was discovered in Dublin Museum. It is believed to have been
composed by a daughter of General Bland in 1745 when he was in command
of the Regiment.
From a copy of the manuscript an arrangement of the march was made
and it was adopted as the Regimental inspection march. It was found
that in itself it was too short, and so the trio of the Regimental
slow march was added to it, the whole becoming known as "General
Bland's Inspection March".
BLESS THE PRINCE OF WALES
Several Regiments other than those with formal connections with Wales
include this tune in their Regimental Music for various reasons, some
well known some obscure. In 1863 the 3rd Hussars were in Edinburgh
when the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra arrived in the City.
The Regiment had the honour of guarding the route from the station
to the hotel where the Prince and Princess stayed the night and performing
a similar function the following day. It is probably this occasion
that the tradition of playing God Bless the Prince of Wales on Mess
Dinner Nights was instituted.
The first eight bars of God Bless the Prince of Wales are played
preceding the National Anthem which is played in a different key,
both of which are ignored by Officers on Regimental Dinner nights.
This tradition has been reaffirmed by Her Majesty the Queen prior
to Amalgamation in 1993.
The Regimental trot of the 7th Queen's Own Hussars.
It was adopted soon after the Regiment returned to England in 1898.
The original trot of the Regiment was "Monymusk" and there
was a reason for a change of tune. At Aldershot it was found that
several other cavalry Regiments stationed there at that time trotted
past to "Monymusk" and so the 7th Hussars decided to abandon
it in favour of "Encore". The origins of the tune "Encore"
are unknown. It was a popular tune in Victorian and Edwardian ballrooms,
being used as an Encore to the Quadrille or the lances, and hence,
presumably, it's name.
The Canter-Gallop of The 3rd King's Own Hussars.
Another tune adopted by the 3rd Hussars having connections with Scotland.
The original poem is by Sir Walter Scott, written for his play "The
Doom of Devorgoil" in 1830. The poem refers to Viscount Dundee
and not the town. The tunes origins can be traced to the beggars Opera
in the early 18th Century, but the version Scott had in mind when
writing the words is a traditional melody known at the time as the