On Dress Parade
The term "dress parade" originally referred to a military parade where soldiers marched in formal uniforms and often carried their weapons. Dress parades are now so uncommon that the term has fallen out of use, and even out of most dictionaries, but in a very real way the United States Air Force Band continues this wonderful tradition. The Band has traded the instruments of battle and has replaced them with musical instruments of patriotism and goodwill. On Dress Parade captures the sound and feeling of the forgotten dress parade. This recording features compositions of renowned march composers Chambers, Goldman and Sousa, while simultaneously exploring the works of many lesser-known march composers whose legacies would have been lost had these musical treasures not been recorded.