The West Point Band, also known as the United States Military Academy Band, is a duty band founded in 1817 at the historic grounds of the United States Military Academy. The band is the oldest unit at the academy, and traces its heritage back to fifers and drummers who were stationed with companies of minutemen on Constitution Island. Since its inception, the band has appeared at inaugural Parades, military ceremonies, sporting events and television and radio broadcasts.
History with the Macy's Parade
The West Point Band made their first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance in 1970. Very little is known about this appearances, although the group appeared on a specialty float made for the band. The band once again appeared in the 1982 Parade, appearing as the United States Military Academy Band.
The West Point Band once again made an appearance in the 2016 Parade, under the name of the United States Military Academy Band. The band performed standard marches in rotation including Washington Post, National Emblem, America Exultant, and the trio strain of The Official West Point March. Between the marches, the group performed traditional holiday selections.For their NBC telecast appearance, the band performed a "Joyful Fanfare," which featured several song referances.
The West Point Band most recently appeared in the reimagined 2020 Parade, performing a trio of patriotic tunes; "The Hellcats," "The Army Goes Rolling Along" and "This is My Country".