Rock Island Bridge March
In 1856 the first bridge across the Mississippi connecting the cities of Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa was built. Shortly after completion of the bridge, a steamship named the Effie Afton crashed into the bridge and was destroyed. The high profile trial that followed between the steamship owners and the railroad garnered national attention and thrust the Illinois lawyer who represented the railroad into the national spotlight. That lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, would use this fame as a stepping stone to the presidency. This delightful march for young band celebrates the building of the bridge and the removal of the Mississippi as a barrier for the railroads. With light syncopation and a distinctive tenor countermelody, this march features only four distinct parts plus percussion with all parts doubled throughout the ensemble making it suitable for bands of all sizes.