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This stately Prussian fife tune originates from the Battle of Hohenfriedberg on 4 June 1745. Frederick of Prussia (allied to Britain at the time), earned his title of “The Great” at this battle, when his forces defeated the Austro-Saxon army opposing him, making it a significant battle in the European Theatre of the Seven Years’ War. Key to this victory were the Bayreuth Dragoons, who were able to flank and destroy the two main battle lines deployed by the Austrians, capturing 67 flags and standards. The original tune “Der Hohenfriedberger” was written soon after, and given lyrics praising the Bayreuth Dragoons. It immediately became a staple of Prussian (and later German) nationalism.

While looking for material to celebrate his home squadron’s origins in Lahr and Baden Germany, Lt. Wright came across the piece, and while toying with the piece in summer 2009, wrote new words to form a course song for the Introduction to Leadership Course (ITLC). The song was (somewhat) learned and sung by the cadets on two intakes of the course in its final year before being re-written and phased out:

"Oh, We set the standard on I-T-L-C! We Lead by example, as polished as can be Our Flight staff will train us, and keep us keen Our leaders to follow, and young ones to lead; And When we’re on parade, or marching down the street, A Thunderous cadence will rise from our feet Tally ho! Here we go! And we’ll show you what we mean, ‘Cause here goes another day on I-T-L-C!"

Suggestions for Performance

This piece contains two “D” parts – one for Bass Clef, and one for Treble Clef. The “Treble Clef” part is an adaptation of a bugle decoration which is heard in many recordings of the piece. It is completely optional, and is best used on the final verse of the piece. Consider issuing this to a Piccolo, or a second Trumpet (with excellent chops!), and have them turn to it when they reach the “D.C” marking, to add some extra “flair” to the final play-through.

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