CGA Band ?

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  1. runninbob

    runninbob Member

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    DS is an accomplished trumpet/trombone player in his school marching, pep, and jazz bands. Also section leader in marching band. Haven't seen much in these forums about band kids. Is band considered like athletics ? How are the band spots filled at the academy ? Does any one else play in the band, or have a kid that does. As usual , good luck to all.
     
  2. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    I can definitely help with this! I am a band kid at the Academy :smile:

    There are three bands here at the Academy.

    1) Regimental Band: The Regimental Band performs at all parades and Regimental Reviews at the Academy. Over Swab Summer, there is a smaller version of Regimental Band called Batallion Band, made up completely of swabs as well as two second class who serve as Band Commander and the Drum Major. During the Academic Year, the BC is a first class. The music is mostly marches: National Emblem, Armed Forces on Parade, the Thunderer, the National Anthem, etc. On March 16, the Reg. Band (including me) will be heading down to NYC to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

    2) Jazz Band: I don't really know all that much about the Jazz Band but I do know they play gigs all over the place. I believe there are auditions as well. When I get back to the Academy next weekend, I will find out some more from a friend and give you some more details.

    3) Windjammers: This one is my absolute favorite. Windjammers is our Drum and Bugle Corps here at the Academy. We perform halftime shows at all home games and we played at one away game this year. You also get a sports credit for Windjammers. We practice everyday from the first week of school until late November from 4-630. We also workout a few times of week during practices. We also went to Canada this year and performed a halftime show for McGill University in Montreal. We also marched in the Veterans Day Parade in NYC. Next year, we will go down to Annapolis to compete against USNA and USAFA's Drum and Bugle Corps. I really recommend Windjammers for your son, particularly since he plays trumpet. We don't have trombone players march but he could definitely play it in either Reg. Band or Jazz Band. We don't hold auditions either, all you have to do is sign up.

    If your son has any specific questions, please don't hesitate to ask. :smile:
     
  3. runninbob

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    Thanks for the reply T&F. After 6 years as a "band dad" I still don't know if "break a leg" is the proper wish for a band member. Anyway, good luck at your St. Pats Day parade, and at your future performances.
     
  4. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    Thank you for the luck! We might need it since we haven't been practicing too much :smile:

    I also forgot...here's a link to our last performance during the last home football game, if you or your son is interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeE8QVCQ7iU
     

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