Oct 29

West Point Band Bicentennial, Celebrating 200 Years of Service to the Nation

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Join the West Point Band as it celebrates 200 years of continuous service to the United States Military Academy, the Army, and the nation. The band traces its history to the American Revolution, when in 1778, General George Washington appointed musicians to West Point on the Hudson after General Samuel Holden Parsons’ 1st Connecticut Brigade crossed the Hudson River and established West Point as a permanent military post. Over the last 200 years, the band has evolved into one of the most capable and professional performing ensembles in the nation, comprising musicians drawn from the nation’s top music schools and performing groups. Be immersed in two centuries of music with a multimedia experience that explores the band’s storied history from the birth of the nation to today.

 

Under the baton of the band’s Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Tod Addison, the West Point Band will present Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying Profanation, John Mackey’s haunting work, Sheltering Sky, as well as world premiere works by Pulitzer Prize nominee Ira Hearshen, and Hollywood composer Tim Simonec. The West Point Glee Club, let by its director Constance Chase, will also join the band in performing stirring arrangements of traditional songs deeply embedded in West Point culture, as well as a tribute to the fallen soldier with Randall Wallace’s Mansions of the Lord.

 

Over the last 200 years, the band has worked closely with many prominent composers, including Morton Gould, Percy Grainger, and Darius Milhaud, and has appeared in numerous prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Tanglewood. Established in 1817, the West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities.

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