Sousa wrote this march for the 7th Regiment, 107th Infantry, of the New York National Guard. Its conductor Major Francis Sutherland had been a cornetist in Sousa's band before joining the Army during the First World War. The march was premiered by members of the 7th Regiment's band and of Sousa's band at the NY Hippodrome in November 1922. Written during the last decade of Sousa's career, it is considered one of his best. --James Huff 23:31, March 28, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)