Music: Dandy Doodle

Eleven hundred students jammed the auditorium of Manhattan's High School of Music & Art to pick a war song for the U.S. Army's 9th Division at Fort Bragg. For a month the high school's student body had been feverishly at work composing. As a chorus of 18 picked students filed into the auditorium to sing the entries, the student audience was told to register its verdict by its applause.

The first three entries roused a polite flurry of hand clapping. Then came a song called Come On! Yankee Doodle! When it was over, the 1,100...

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