The “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. Buffalo Soldiers were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The name Buffalo Solider was given to the Black Cavalry by Native American tribes who fought in the Indian Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866 which were the 9th ,10th , 24th, & 25th Regiment Calvary.
On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, the oldest surviving Buffalo Soldier, died at the age of 111. Mark Matthews is buried at Arlington National National Cemetery.
This march will be a great opener for concert assessments or festivals. In addition, the work gives the opportunity for students to learn the historical importance of music in our military as well as African-American contributions in our military and American history.