Scroll down for a lead sheet for Anchors Aweigh that includes the melody and chords, with versions of the song in seven different keys. There are also links to the song for piano, recorder, woodwind, brass, and string instruments.
Anchors Aweigh was composed in 1906 by Lieutenant Charles A. Zimmermann, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, who had been the bandmaster of the Naval Academy Band since 1887. Zimmermann composed a march for each graduating class, and a member of the Class of 1907, Alfred Hart Miles, asked him to compose something special that would be inspiring, could be used as a football march song, and could be played for years to come. The two men set to work on Anchors Aweigh, with Zimmermann composing the music and Miles composing the lyrics. The piece was played at the annual Army-Navy football game in November, 1906, a game which Navy won.
The song was very well received and was dedicated to the Naval Academy Class of 1907. It also became the official song of the U.S. Navy. The title, Anchors Aweigh, means to raise the anchor from the sea, which is what ships have to do before departing. For more information on the song and Zimmermann, visit the U.S. Navy webpage on Anchors Aweigh.
Anchors Aweigh for flute
Anchors Aweigh for oboe
Anchors Aweigh for clarinet
Anchors Aweigh for bassoon
Anchors Aweigh for alto saxophone
Anchors Aweigh for tenor saxophone
Anchors Aweigh for trumpet
Anchors Aweigh for French horn
Anchors Aweigh for trombone
Anchors Aweigh for tuba