Anchors Aweigh

The official anthem of the Navy was originally written as a fight song! Historical information and original lyrics are included.


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Naval Academy bandmaster Charles A. Zimmerman was a Lieutenant when he composed Anchors Aweigh in 1906. Collaborating with Midshipman First Class Alfred H. Miles, the march was created to pay tribute to the Academy’s class of 1907. The band debuted the march during the Army-Navy football game on Dec. 1, 1906, at which Navy garnered its first win in the rivaled match since 1900.

The song was so well received that it eventually would be adopted as the official U.S. Navy song, with revised lyrics by George Lottman to focus on military rather than football. Those lyrics were later revised in 1997. All lyrics are included in this arrangement as well as special historical information.

Key: C major

Mood: happy, excited, victorious

Pedagogy: fingerings, 1st and 2nd endings


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