The Royal Irish Regiment is, as one can guess, a military march inspired while I was contemplating research from military bands and military units. I came upon the site of The Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment) (R IRISH), an infantry unit of the British Army. I was moved by the hard work that these people in uniform had done for their country and truly amazed that this regiment had its origins dating back from 1689. For such work, The Regiment is the only Battalion to have received a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross as a Regiment in recognition of the bravery, sacrifice and service of The Ulster Defence Regiment and the Home Service Battalions of The Royal Irish Regiment.
At the age of eight, I was first introduced at very special type of music that could translate its message from the people to the world. I have always been admired by the simplicity and the message conveyed by folk music. I have been always been surrounded by this form of music ever since I was first introduced by my grandparents; singing tongs in their native tongue and watching them convey such emotion, only one would have to listen to fully experience its meaning.
Ten years later, at a parade, I heard John Philip Sousa's Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. March which marvelously and skillfully incorporates, "Auld Lang Syne" in the trio of his march. I was deeply inspired by the use of such method that I wanted to do a march with either a folk song or hymn. For this march, I incorporated an air that originated from County Londonderry in Ireland (now Northern Ireland) and is perhaps, the most popular air among the Irish diaspora and widely known throughout the world.
After the first playing of the march, I decided to write a piccolo obbligato. Inspiration for this came from John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.
Such inspirations produced this military march. Now., since I didn't state the name of the air I used, perhaps we can play the guessing game. You listen to the march, hear the trio, and you name the air. Ready, set, go.