Kansas State March
The Kansas March
music by Duff E. Middleton
Duff E. Middleton was the Director of Instrumental Music for the Wichita Schools from 1928 to 1947. During that time he earned a "nationwide reputation as a directory of bands and a teacher of instrumental music" according to the Wichita Morning Eagle. In addition to his work with school bands, he was Director of the American Legion Band.
Words were not published for "The Kansas March", but at some point Mr. Victor Murdock wrote the following words to be sung during a portion of the song.
Blue sky above us, silken strands of heat Rim of the far horizon, where earth and heaven meet, Kansas as a temple, stands in velvet sod Shrine which the sunshine, sanctifies to God. (repeat)
In 1953, Robert R. Jones re-arranged the music and wrote words for "The Kansas March". This arrangement was published as a musical piece titled "Cheers For Kansas". The music for "Cheers For Kansas" was attributed to Duff E. Middleton and the words were attributed to Robert R. Jones. The composition was copyrighted by Robert R. Jones. A copy of "Cheers For Kansas" was gifted to the Kansas State Historical Society on October 19, 1954.
Cheers For Kansas
words by Robert R. Jones and music by Duff E. Middlton
Sing ad astra and per aspera to the stars thru' work and strife. (Oh yes, we mean it, Kan-sas) Tells us how a bleeding Kansas fought to preserve a way of life, Oh! Valiant Kansans vanquished ruffians, then Cor'nado's dream fulfilled, Not in the cities of Quivera, but in a fertile land well tilled. Yes, Kansas Our Kansas wheat fields, cross the rolling plain, Bright sunflow'rs, green pastures there, Part of our Jayhawk domain, (Oh! Yes we love it) Folks are guided by stars, both hands on the plow, Onward ever upward CHEERS FOR KANSAS now. Our Kansas wheat fields, cross the rolling plain, Bright sunflow'rs, green pastures there, Part of our Jayhawk domain, (Oh! Yes we love it) Folks are guided by stars, both hands on the plow, Onward ever upward CHEERS FOR KANSAS now.
Adoption of the State March
The march, "The Kansas March", composed by Duff E. Middleton, was adopted as an official state march of Kansas in 1935. A second composition, "Here's Kansas", was adopted as the second official march of Kansas in 1992.
The following information is excerpted from the Kansas Statutes, Chapter 73, Section 73-801. The sheet music is included within the statute. Note that the wording establishing this official march reads, "...the official state march of Kansas" while the legislation establishing "Here's Kansas" reads "...an official march of Kansas."
CHAPTER 73. SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND PATRIOTIC EMBLEMS
History: L. 1935, ch. 262, § 1; May 15.
Source: Kansas Legislature, December 10, 2004
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