Musical opportunities abound at Valley Forge Military College. Our exceptional music program includes a Regimental Band which has played at the White House at the London Parade on New Year’s Day, and a Regimental Choir which has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Cadet band members range in age from 14 to 21 years and are drawn from all over the world. They receive music theory instruction. They are able to travel and acquire performance experience in a variety of settings, most importantly, however, band members receive an excellent education at Valley Forge, both musically and academically.
The Coronation Heraldic Fanfare Trumpetersare the brass members of the Valley Forge Regimental Band. These band members routinely perform prior to Sunday Chapel services on campus throughout the year and they provide regal significance to special school functions such as military “dining-ins” and the opening of new facilities.
The Valley Forge Regimental Band has appeared in the inaugural parades of several U.S. presidents and has performed at the inaugurals of virtually every Pennsylvania governor since the founding of the institution in 1928. The Band has also presented a concert at a formal White House dinner and appeared with the famed Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. They have also performed with the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra.
The Band maintains a busy schedule, playing daily for the Corps formations at Valley Forge, as well as for regimental reviews, weekly parades in the fall and spring, three formal concerts on campus, the annual Military Tattoo, and many outside concerts and parades for civic and charitable organizations.
Special engagements include the annual performance at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg and the Devon Horse Show, appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies, numerous appearances at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Constitution Center, and Philadelphia’s Union League. The Band has also performed in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade and has traveled to Europe several times to perform:
- January 1996, the Band performed in Paris and London,
- March 1998, the Band traveled to Holland, Belgium and Germany to perform,
- January 2000, the Band opened the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London on New Year’s Day,
- June 2004, the Band performed in the American Celebration of Music in France & Belgium.
- January 2009, Herald Trumpets and the Band performed at the annual New Year’s Day Parade in London
- The Regimental Band and Donald Trump at his Country Club at Bedminster NJ for the Dedication of the Stars and Stripes to all Service men and women serving their country.
For an audition, or for more information on the Valley Forge Regimental Band, contact WO2 Bandmaster Phil Evans RM at (610) 989-1252 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.