People don't march enough; they ought to march more. This is the warmly held opinion of Warren Dwight Allen, organist and professor of music and education at Stanford University.
Professor Allen has been concerned about the often tenuous relationships between music and society. Our Marching Civilization (Stanford University Press; $2.50) is the bracing result. Says Professor Allen:
> Society's standstill in the Middle Ages coincided with "no marching, only winding processions and endless argument. But when nations began to march, in the 17th Century, then progress did begin. . . ."