Date of Award

8-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

John E. Stamp, D.M.A.

Second Advisor

Jason W. Worzbyt, D.M.A.

Third Advisor

Carl J. Rahkonen, Ph.D.

Abstract

The United States Military Academy Band is the oldest musical organization in the U.S. Army and the oldest continuously operating unit at West Point, tracing its roots to the American Revolution and to its official establishment by Act of Congress in 1817. The band's function has long been to serve the U.S. Corps of Cadets, which it has done with distinction through the years. In the mid-twentieth century, the band began to place increased emphasis on aesthetics in performance in addition to its mainly functional aspects, and the ensembles of the USMA Band have become recognized as some of the finest in the world. Through ambitious commissioning projects held to commemorate major Academy milestones, and continued efforts in the current century to encourage composers to write for wind bands, the USMA Band has made and continues to make valuable contributions to the original artistic repertoire of the wind band world.

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