The West Point Concert Band will present a concert on Saturday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson, located off Route 9G. The performance is part of the Town of Red Hook Bicentennial Celebration. This concert is free and open to the public.
The performance will be conducted by the West Point Band’s Deputy Commander, Major Derrick Shaw, and the West Point Band’s Associate Bandmaster, Chief Warrant Officer David Downer. The program will feature music from a variety of movies. Popular themes include music from The Godfather, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Independence Day, and Spiderman. For the Broadway enthusiast, the Concert Band will perform songs from West Side Story, The Lion King, The Sound of Music, and Singin’ in the Rain. No performance of film music is complete without the music of John Williams, as his themes from Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, and Saving Private Ryan are performed.
The Town of Red Hook Bicentennial Celebration began on May 12. Initial preparation started in 2010 with the intent of celebrating and preserving Red Hook’s history. Events include food tastings, tours of historical buildings, theatre productions, concerts, and the unveiling of the Red Hook Bicentennial quilt. The Red Hook Bicentennial celebration will conclude on October 13. Check the website for a detailed schedule of events, www.redhook200.org.
The West Point Band
The West Point Band is the U.S. Army’s oldest active band and the oldest unit at the United States Military Academy. 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 and Franklin D. Roosevelt 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 as well as on documentaries airing on The History and Discovery Channels.
Comprised of graduates from America’s finest music schools, the musicians of the West Point Band continue to present provocative performances while providing the Corps of Cadets with a piece of living history. For more information, visit www.westpointband.com. West Point Band news can also be found by following them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.