Bring your patriotic hearts to hear marches, the Armed Forces Medley, and some of the greatest classical and wind band literature of all time. The oldest premier band in the U.S. Army, the West Point Band, will perform a free concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, August 6 at the College of Staten Island’s Springer Concert Hall, at 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314. The West Point Band’s deputy commander, Captain Dae Kim, will conduct the band in this free public performance. Free tickets for the concert and more information are available at the College Website, or you may call 718.982.2787.
The West Point Band performs concerts, ceremonies, and at athletic events for the U.S. Corps of Cadets. It can also be heard around the Greater Hudson Valley, the New York City, and throughout the United States. Over the band’s 194-year history, it has performed for numerous U.S. Presidents, heads of state, and foreign dignitaries. The West Point Band recently received the Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands.
The West Point Band has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and at Tanglewood. The band collaborated several times with the New York Philharmonic, at Musical Fireworks events in July 2008 and 2010 and on holiday concerts in December 2009 and 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
At Carnegie Hall, the West Point Band premiered Morton Gould’s Symphony for Band in celebration of the U.S. Military Academy’s sesquicentennial in 1952. Fifty years later, the band returned to Carnegie Hall to celebrate the Academy’s bicentennial with selected works from more than 35 commissions that honored the 200-year tradition. Composers who wrote for that project include Samuel Adler, Eric Ewazen, Donald Grantham, Joseph Turrin, and James Kimo Williams.
The West Point Band is regularly invited to participate in high-profile events around the northeastern United States. In April 2009, the West Point Band performed the National Anthem at the first home game in the new Yankee Stadium. The West Point Band was also involved in a number of events commemorating the quadricentennial of the exploration of the Hudson River in 2009. To hear free recordings of the West Point Band, visit our Listening Room.
The West Point Band’s popular concert series attracts thousands to West Point each year for displays of world-class musical talent. Recent superstars to perform with the West Point Band include Joseph Alessi (principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (Grammy winning folk duo who performed music on Ken Burns’s The Civil War), Larry Combs (principal clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a West Point Band alumnus), Caissie Levy (Broadway and L.A. Wicked star), John McDermott (PBS’s The Irish Tenors), Lea Salonga (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon), and Philip Smith (principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic). The West Point Band and Cadet Glee Club also performed a variety of musical styles with pianist Marina Arsenijevic.Check your local PBS TV station’s listings and look for Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity.
Visit the West Point Band’s Website at to check the concert schedule, download music from the Listening Room, sign-up for the Sounds from the Hudson email newsletter, and check for employment opportunities in the band. More press information on the West Point Band is also available online.