Road to Boston - D MajorMarch, Polka

Author: Traditional
Origin: USA - New England

This is an older fifer's march that was played by American military musicians in the Revolutionary War. The melody can be found in multiple 18th century music manuscripts. One copy book by Thomas Nixon Jr. (1762-1842) of Framingham Connecticut included it as "March to Boston.” Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord. Road to Boston was one of the most popular tunes during the revolution, until American musicians picked up Yankee Doodle and The White Cockade by hearing British troops playing them in the distance. There is a possibility that Road to Boston was acquired in the same way, via a similar English tune named Road to London.