Concert band - Grade 2
Marche des Parachutistes Belges. Composed by Pieter Leemans. Catalogue Marches Vol. 1/Liberation Day/Original Compositions/War/Army. Molenaar Marching Series. Full set. Duration 4 minutes, 12 seconds. Published by Molenaar Edition (ML.015655020).
Item Number: ML.015655020
The Belgian composer and conductor Pieter Leemans (1897-1980) composed the world famous "March of the Belgian Paratroopers" (or Parachutists) in one single night after having paid a visit to this newly created regiment. At the commanding officer's request, he gave the march an Anglo-Belgian character, due to the role of the British unit as to the creation of the Belgian regiment. It was premiered by the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides, conducted by Franz Wangermee at a radio concert in the Brussels concert hall Palais des Beaux-Arts on the occasion of the anniversary of D-Day on 8 May 1946.