The West Point Band’s Quintette 7 selected its name as a witty homage to composer Raymond Scott, incorporating elements of two of his performing ensembles’ names (The Raymond Scott Quintette and The Secret 7). The ensemble, a mixed septet of four rhythm players and three horns, is comprised of members of the West Point Concert Band and the band’s Field Music Group, The Hellcats.
Quintette 7 convened in the fall of 2008 for a one-time performance of the quintet music of Raymond Scott, which was accompanied by a biographical presentation by the Raymond Scott Archives director Irwin Chusid. Encouraged by the success of this performance and the support of the Raymond Scott Archives, Quintette 7 continues to delight audiences with its unique repertoire.
In January of 2010, Quintette 7 recorded twenty-two pieces by Scott for the West Point Band’s chamber music CD project. While trying to stay true to the original style, Quintette 7 has taken advantage of the many fine instrumentalists in the West Point Band by adding tuba in place of the bass and percussion parts to pieces that originally had no percussion. After the performance in 2008, Irwin Chusid remarked that he could no longer imagine the music without tuba. Chusid also stated that “Quintette 7 performs Raymond Scott quintet classics with a restrained passion befi tting the elegance of the compositions...There’s no attempt to overwhelm or overplay; they let the works breathe. Scott created the notes; Quintette 7 provides the sparkle.”
Members of Quintette 7 come from varied musical backgrounds, having worked with various orchestras, wind ensembles, popular musicians and chamber ensembles throughout the country. Three members of Quintette 7 attended the Juilliard School, Raymond Scott’s own alma mater.
Quintette 7 is proud to serve the United States Army as one of the chamber ensembles of the West Point Band, presenting educational and entertaining performances of popular and lesser-known repertoire to appreciative audiences.Click Here to listen to Quintette 7's album "Powerhouse."
The West Point Woodwind Quintet of the West Point Band is made up of members of the Concert Band. The group performs at many different events, such as military social functions, school presentations and formal recitals.
The West Point Woodwind Quintet has supported the United States Recruiting Command with tours of high schools and colleges to promote Army bands and audition prospective candidates. These tours have taken the quintet to Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey and Florida.
In support of military requirements, the quintet has entertained the United States Corps of Cadets and performed for many visiting dignitaries and heads of state. These performances have included annual receptions hosted by the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Presidential receptions in New York City, and the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Outside the realm of the military, residents of local communities have regularly enjoyed the quintet on recitals as part of the Academy Band's chamber music series. The West Point Woodwind Quintet has been a staple ensemble for many years, and continues to be an important musical emissary of the West Point Band and the United States Army.
The Academy Wind Quintet presents a varied and colorful program of virtuoso chamber music for winds, featuring repertoire ranging from the late eighteenth century courts of Europe to the contemporary masters of the twentieth century.
This ensemble comprises players from within the West Point Concert Band and carries on the great tradition of woodwind playing that has existed at West Point since 1815. The members of the quintet are committed to bringing a wide variety of musical styles to their programs, including turn-of-the-century waltzes, popular music and educational works like Peter and the Wolf.
The Academy Wind Quintet performs music for official military functions, social occasions, formal concerts, public service and educational youth clinics and concerts.
The West Point Saxophone Quartet is comprised of members of the West Point Concert Band saxophone section. In addition to maintaining an active schedule of school and community performances, the West Point Saxophone Quartet regularly appears at national and regional conferences of note, as performers and clinicians.
The West Point Saxophone Quartet has appeared in a number of high profile and significant venues, including major universities throughout the country. Performances have included collaborations with the UNCG Wind Ensemble, the Long Island Symphonic Winds and the Virginia Wind Symphony. The quartet has also appeared as featured performers on the prestigious Barge Music Series.
Well-versed in historically significant saxophone quartet repertoire, the group focuses on a repertoire of modern music. Recently, the West Point Saxophone Quartet has presented the music of monumental twentieth century composers, performing Iannis Xenakis’ XAS at the 2007 Midwest Clinic and Gyorgy Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles at the 2008 NASA Biennial Conference at the University of South Carolina.
In 2002, the West Point Saxophone Quartet released its first compact disc, Fault Lines. This recording features standard saxophone quartet repertoire as well as premiere recordings of compositions by Perry Goldstein, David Kechley and David Froom as well as original arrangements by Mark Vinci and Joseph Abramo. The recording was well-received and garnered much positive press for the quartet. The West Point Saxophone Quartet followed this compact disc with the premiere recording of Perry Goldstein’s Abundant Air: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Band on the West Point Band’s 2005 compact disc Should This Be Found.
The West Point Brass (formerly the Storm King Brass) is comprised of musicians in the West Point Band. Founded in 2003, the ensemble presents a diverse repertoire, from Renaissance to modern works, to its audiences. The ensemble has also been featured throughout the country, including performances in Florida, Oregon, Connecticut, South Dakota, Utah, and Iowa.
In support of military functions, the quintet has entertained the United States Corps of Cadets and performed for many visiting dignitaries and heads of state at West Point. Additionally, the ensemble actively performs throughout the New York metropolitan area.
The Academy Brass Quintet is comprised of musicians from the West Point Concert Band. Founded in 2008, the group has been delighting audiences across the tri-state area with its diverse repertoire. Academy Brass recently performed the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium and was a featured chamber ensemble on the nationally televised West Point Holiday Special on Fox News. As members of the United States Army stationed at the United States Military Academy Brass is proud to tell the West Point story through music. The group also provides musical support in a variety of military ceremonies, both at West Point and in the surrounding area. In addition to its military duties and chamber recitals, Academy Brass performs at community events and education outreach at local schools.