This ragtime piece follows the Patrol genre of the late nineteenth century, when minstrel bands once marched down Main Street USA. Imagine you're a spectator a century or more ago, and a minstrel band is marching toward you.
Their march music is barely audible at the start, and crescendos as the band reaches your position, then fades as the band moves on down Main Street.
A couple of notes: Since Sue was on Jeopardy, you might hear the Jeopardy theme in the A strain.
Since this is a wedding, you might hear the Pachelbel in D transposed to B-flat and ragged irreverently in the C strain.
Since Sue is a great blues singer you might hear a little 6/8 time in the Vamp.
Congratulation, Sue and Howard.
This Patrol is dedicated to my ragtime friends, Sue Keller and Howard Vigorita on the occasion of their wedding. There are three strains to the Patrol (Intro-A-BB-A-CC-Vamp-A-Exit.
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