Music of Columbian Lodge
The Officers of Columbian Lodge process in to the sound of our Organist playing "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean". The music and lyrics were written by Thomas A. Beckett in 1843 for actor David Shaw, who tried to publish the song under his own name. It was used on occasion as an unoffical national anthem in competition with "Hail, Columbia" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" until the latter's formal adoption as the national anthem of the United States of America in 1931. Click here to listen to Columbia, Gem of the Ocean performed by the United States Navy Band.
The Columbian March was written by Ben Bolt in the style of John Phillips Souza of the time. The year was 1895: our cenntenial year.