"Ticonderoga - The Big 'T' " is a concert march written in 1944 by Eddie Fritz, Jr. - Mus. 2C - USNR while stationed aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga. Mr. Fritz approached Mark Wolfram in 1974 to create a new arrangement of the work for concert band & male chorus. This arrangement is now finally available to you! "Ticonderoga" is one of the few original songs ever written for a specific Navy ship.
Mr. Fritz wrote both the words and the music and dedicated the song to the ship's commander, Captain Dixie Kiefer, USN. The lyrics are as follows:
CHORUS: All hail the “Big T,” Queen of the fleet TICONDEROGA! Empress of the air and of the sea.
We’ll sail the “Big T,” We will defeat whatever force would turn our course from victory.
We’re man for man the Navy’s finest men of war, our Eagles fly in search of prey.
T – I – C – O – N – D – E – R – O – G – A, TICONDEROGA, Anchors aweigh!
Some of the aircraft carriers in the Navy are named for battles in America’s history.
Our own flat-top TICONDEROGA has an Indian name; “Thund’ring Water, Sound of the Sea”
We’ll sing our song, our salute to the “Big T;” she’ll carry her name to fame in victory.
"Ticonderoga - The Big 'T' " is a GRADE
3½-4 band arrangement and highlights male chorus (T - T - B) as
well as antiphonal trumpet parts, patriotic lyrics, a sweeping martial melody
and unexpected harmonic twists. It would be a rousing addition to any concert - especially Veteran's Day and Memorial Day celebrations. The duration is approximately 2:00.
A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, transposed
full score are included. Available only through this website from
Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows: