March of the Belgian Paratroopers was written by Pierre Leemans after being asked by his regimental commander during WWI to compose a march. Leemans started but never finished the march. Near the end of WWII during dinner with a group of paratroopers, he was asked again to compose a march. Leemans was reminded of the theme while on his way home that night, and while the group commander was driving, he finished all the parts for the official March of the Belgian Paratroopers. The march is a quiet, unaggressive essay in the easy-paced European style of a "patrol." The music marches on from the distance, plays, and passes. Charles Wiley arranged this at the request of his Lamar (Texas) University Band students for the march's first U.S. performance.