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Tune Req: Fire drill music

GUEST,JTT 08 Aug 06 - 04:18 AM
Liz the Squeak 08 Aug 06 - 04:25 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Fire drill music
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 04:18 AM

I have heard (thought it seems to be apocryphal) that a particular tune was used in the US for fire drills in the early part of the last century - the children in schools would march out of school to this tune every week during weekly fire drills.

Does anyone know the origin of this story, and if it's true, in part or whole?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fire drill music
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 04:25 AM

No idea if it's true or not but I can see the thinking behind it. Getting people to march out in step means you don't have the mad panic dash and scramble that most fire alarms cause.

Trouble is... do those children now get up and head for the nearest exit whenever they hear that piece of music?

(Oddly enough, even after 16 years, to get Manitas and Micca to stand up, all I have to do is play a certain piece of music... at a concert which featured it, I had to physically restrain them both from standing!)

LTS


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fire drill music
From: 8_Pints
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 11:12 AM

Could I suggest "Tim McGuire" by Leon Rosselson!

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fire drill music
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 07:35 PM

What music for "Chinese Fire Drill" in old movies?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fire drill music
From: GUEST,Rapaire
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 08:02 PM

Way, way back in grade school we used to march into (Catholic) school to the strains of "American Patrol." I seem to remember that we also exited to that during fire drills. I was going to write "I doubt that it was used during the late 19th or early 20th Century" but I would be wrong -- from the website of Georgia Southern University:

American Patrol. Music by F. W. Meacham. Copyright 1885 by F. W. Meacham, 1914 by Joe Morris Music Co.

This tune was very popular before World War I - the first recording was a 2-minute Edison cylinder in 1903 - but retained popularity during both World Wars, the version by Glenn Miller and his orchestra being especially significant. F. W. Meacham usually worked as arranger rather than composer, for Victor Herbert musicals and Stephen Foster songs.


Since there was an Edison cylinder as early as 1903 I can see schools using it, dragging the player out into the hall. But as for be sure of this...no, I'm not.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fire drill music
From: Sorcha
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 08:19 PM

I'm sure it was a Sousa march for me...and what the HELL is the tune the Circus band plays for fire??? Brain fart....


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fire drill music
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 08:25 AM

I remember vividly a children's book- not a picture book, but a chapter book- where the protagonist, an awkward young girl facing the usual problems growing up- saves the day when for some reason she discovers something making it necessary for the school or classroom to be evacuated. Heroically she dashes for the classroom piano (remember those?) and plays the fire drill music, to which everyone obediently files out.

I wish I could remember what the book was!


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