The Valley Forge Field Music group was formed in 1956 as its own “company” or unit, and its members live together in the same barracks and with the same tactical officer. Members of Field Music range in age from 14 to 20 years.
Valley Forge upholds the traditions of Field Music, which is older than American patriotism. Throughout history, soldiers have used music to communicate with one another.
At Valley Forge, Field Music has inherited the traditions of Drum & Bugle Corps. The oldest elements are found in drum beats, with certain rhythmic patterns signifying a particular command. Later, with the introduction of brass instruments, especially the trumpet and bugle, more precise communiqués could be delivered… It is the bugle that tells the soldier to get up in the morning, to “charge” into battle, or to lower the colors, At a day’s end, it is the familiar sound of Taps that tells the soldier his day is done.
The school’s Field Music group has made numerous appearances throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has served as the official honor guard for the city of Philadelphia in the welcoming of visiting leaders and dignitaries.
Field Music plays regularly for parades and formations both on-and off-campus. With Field Music, cadets are able to become competent musicians within a short period of time and contribute their talents to this gifted unit. If you like music, teamwork, and a wide range of activities the Field Music is for you.