West Point Band

Real Name:
The United States Military Academy Band, West Point
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The West Point Band (also known as the U.S. Military Academy Band or USMA Band), the U.S. Army’s oldest active band and the oldest unit at the United States Military Academy, traces its roots to the American Revolutionary War. At that time, fifers and drummers were stationed with companies of minutemen on Constitution Island, across the river from West Point. In 1778, General Samuel Holden Parsons’ 1st Connecticut Brigade crossed the Hudson River and established West Point as a permanent military post. After the American Revolution, Congress disbanded most of the Continental Army, but “the 55 men at West Point,” members of the 2nd Continental Artillery, remained. Among their ranks stood at least one drummer and one fifer, who alone maintained the tradition of military music at West Point.

With the establishment of the United States Military Academy in 1802 came an increased demand for military music. As the academy grew, it needed fifers, drummers and buglers to drill the new cadets and provide an audible order to their duty day. In 1817 the ensemble was named the “West Point Band,” and by this time was performing on a full range of instruments, which included two bassoons, two Royal Kent bugles, a tenor bugle, ten clarinets, three French horns, a serpent (an early bass horn), cymbals, a bass drum, eight flutes, and two trumpets.

Today’s band consists of four components: the Concert Band, the Jazz Knights, the Hellcats and Support Staff. They combine to form the Marching Band. The organization fulfills all of the official musical requirements of the Academy, including military and patriotic ceremonies, public concerts, sporting events and radio and television broadcasts, as well as social activities for the Corps of Cadets and the West Point community.

As the senior premier musical representative of the United States Army, the band has appeared at many historical events. It performed at the dedication of the Erie Canal; at the Chicago and New York World’s Fairs; and for the funerals of Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon as well as the inaugurations of numerous presidents. Additionally, the West Point Band has collaborated with some of the finest musical ensembles in the country, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Pops. Members of the West Point Band have also been showcased in Carnegie Hall and featured on the Today Show, 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, documentaries shown on The History Channel and Discovery Channel, and CD recordings for Columbia Records.
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WPM 1001/WPS 1001 West Point Band - The United States Military Academy Band And Cadet Glee Club, West Point album art West Point Band, West Point Glee Club West Point Band, West Point Glee Club - The United States Military Academy Band And Cadet Glee Club, West Point(LP, Album) RCA Records WPM 1001/WPS 1001 US 1966 Sell This Version
West Point Band - Marce Americane album art The West Point Military Band* Marce Americane (Album) International Joker Production, Joker (2) Italy 1968 Sell This Version
MCD 1401 West Point Band - The United States Military Academy Band, West Point, New York  album art West Point Band, The Jazz Knights West Point Band, The Jazz Knights - The United States Military Academy Band, West Point, New York (CD, Album) Mark Records MCD 1401 US 1993 Sell This Version
WPB104 West Point Band - United States Military Academy: 200 Years Of Excellence, Volume IV album art West Point Band United States Military Academy: 200 Years Of Excellence, Volume IV(CD, Album) Not On Label WPB104 US 2003 Sell This Version
none West Point Band - Harvest album art The West Point Band* With Joseph Alessi And Charles Osgood The West Point Band* With Joseph Alessi And Charles Osgood - Harvest(CD) Not On Label none US 2010 Sell This Version
WPS-1001 West Point Band, West Point Glee Club West Point Band, West Point Glee Club - The United States Military Academy Band And Cadet Glee Club, West Point(Cass, Album, RE) Not On Label WPS-1001 US Unknown Sell This Version
none West Point Band - West Point Music album art The United States Military Academy Band* / The Cadet Glee Club* The United States Military Academy Band* / The Cadet Glee Club* - West Point Music(10") RPC none US Unknown Sell This Version
32M-91701 / 32M-91702 West Point Band - The United States Military Academy Band And Cadet Glee Club Plays And Sings .... Airborne Salute album art The United States Military Academy Band* And Cadet Glee Club* The United States Military Academy Band* And Cadet Glee Club* - The United States Military Academy Band And Cadet Glee Club Plays And Sings .... Airborne Salute(LP, Album) RPC 32M-91701 / 32M-91702 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

71363 West Point Band - Time Out album art U.S. Army Band* And West Point Band, U.S. Military Academy Band U.S. Army Band* And West Point Band, U.S. Military Academy Band - Time Out(LP, Comp) Century Records (4) 71363 US Unknown Sell This Version