You know how when you go to circuses (maybe in the past, as most circuses now tour around the world) or carnivals, there’s this one song that I’m pretty sure most of us have heard before, that nearly all of us would associate with the circus itself. It is surprising to know that circus music was originally made for the soldiers to march on. A big career jump, if you ask me.

Julius Fučík, The Bandmaster

Fučík is a Czech composer and conductor of military bands. He learned how to play bassoon, violin, and percussion instruments as a student. He was also mentored by Antonín Dvořák, a world-known composer.

In 1891, he became part of the 49th Austro-Hungarian Regiment, doing what he loved as a musician. Shortly after, he left to become a bassoonist at a German theatre and then as the conductor of the Danica Choir in Croatia. He rejoined the army in 1897, this time as the bandmaster for the 86th Infantry Regiment, and wrote his piece titled “Grande Marche Chromatique,” which was later renamed “Einzug der Gladiatoren” (Entrance of the Gladiators) influenced by his love for Roman history.