Inspiring America's Leaders Since 1817

Inspiring America's Leaders Since 1817

Inspiring America's Leaders Since 1817

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200 years



January 20th | 2:00 PM EST

The West Point Band returns to the stage at Ike Hall Theatre to present George Gershwin's quintessentially American work, Rhapsody in Blue, with the band's own, Sgt. 1st Class Yalin Chi on piano. The band will also perform Percy Grainger's wind band masterpiece, Lincolnshire Posy, as well as other exciting works.  Join us for a live broadcast by clicking the link below.

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200 years

January - April | 2018

The West Point Band is pleased to announce their Winter Concert Series for 2018.  The Concert Band, Benny Havens Band, and Quintette 7 will be playing at venues all across the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and even New York City. The series starts in January and goes all the way through April. Click the link below to see if we're playing near you!

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Live Broadcast Recording

Bicentennial Gala Concert

Couldn't make it in person? Check out the broadcast of the West Point Band's Bicentennial Gala Concert performed live in Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall.

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New Album Released!

Songs That Save Our Lives

Check out the new album by the Benny Havens Band. The album is made up entirely of all original songs by some of Nashville's most successful writers representing BMG, Curb, Tom Leis Music and This Music. It was recorded at Soundstage in November of 2015 by the members of the Benny Havens Band, produced by Michael Spriggs and completed in late 2016.

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Digital Bicentennial Museum Exhibit

Take a look at this digital collection of items that can be seen at the West Point Band's bicentennial exhibit on display now at the West Point Museum. The Exhibit commemorates 200 years of service to the academy and the nation. The full exhibit can be seen on the first of the floor of the museum for a limited time.

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Behind The Scenes: Macy's Fireworks

Check out this behind the scenes video put together by Macy's showing the West Point Band's involvement in this year's Macy's 4th of July fireworks spectacular in NYC. The show was broadcast live around the world on NBC.

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West Point Band At 200: From Fife and Drums to Live Streaming

June 9th, 2017 

Sure, there are plenty of bands that have stayed together a long time — the Rolling Stones (1960s), the Boston Pops (1880s).Then there is the West Point Band, the official band-in-residence of the United States Military Academy. On Thursday, the band officially turned 200 years old.......

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Our Story

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The West Point Band is the Army's oldest active duty band, founded on the Beautiful and historic grounds of the United States Military Academy in 1817. The band traces its lineage to fifers and drummers who were part of Continental Army units at West Point during the time of the American Revolution. Officially established on June 8, 1817, the West Point Band will be celebrating its bicentennial this year. Although many changes have occurred over the years, music continues to be an aspect of daily life for the cadets and Soldiers at the academy. Today, the band continues to inspire and motivate the next generation of the Army’s leaders, as well as serving as musical ambassadors for the Army to the nation.

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What People Say About Us

"But the real surprise came in Morton Gould's Symphony No. 4 ("West Point"), a work written for the West Point band in 1952 and performed by it here under Colonel Holtan... A somber first movement, "Epitaphs," gives way to the second and last, "Marches." At one point a marching machine, a wooden contraption, is deployed to depict the clomping of multitudes, and the effect was deeply moving... However in or out of fashion patriotism may be at the moment, this concert held an almost full house in thrall."

July 2nd, 2010

"I first heard a West Point music performance in 1974 when my cousin (Edward M. Sanders) graduated with David Patraeus. Then last year, I had the opportunity to hear West Point perform at my daughter's college, Marywood University, in a tribute to veterans. Their performance was absolutely spectacular !!  Their program was patriotic perfection and their musicianship was absolute musical mastery.

Anne McCormick

Listening to the West Point Band play these powerful musical pieces and interact as they practiced, I learned how to become a better leader.

Don Yaeger, Forbes April 2017