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Old Grenadier

[trad. arr. Brinsford, Carthy, Evans, Kirkpatrick, Williams]

Musicians from the Band of the Scots Guards played The Grenadier’s March on the 1972 Argo album Songs and Music of the Redcoats. The sleeve notes commented:

There were grenadier companies in the British Army by 1678 and they had their own march by 1685. This one was played during the American War of Independence, and is still used.

Brass Monkey played Old Grenadier on their eponymous 1983 debut album Brass Monkey. This LP was re-released in 1993 as the first half of the CD The Complete Brass Monkey. The original album’s sleeve notes said:

This tune was already well established in army use when it was adopted as the regimental march of the newly named Grenadier Guards in 1815. Today it is used only as a slow march during the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. As played by Howard [Evans] from his time as a musician in the Welsh Guards.