Claudio Grafulla

Washington Grays is an American march composed in 1861 by Claudio S. Grafulla and, and it is a favourite of both parade and concert bands.
It was composed for the 8th Regiment, New York State Militia based at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. The “grays” in the title refers to the colour of the regimental uniforms. 

There are elements of the Italian and German march in Washington Grays, with running sixteenth notes and responding bass voices creating a wonderful counterpoint. As a march it breaks the march formula by containing no introduction or bridge passage.