Music Program

Regimental Band and Choir

Music at Valley Forge Military Academy and College has been, and always will be, one of the top-tiered extracurricular programs we offer. Our Music Department incorporates the five cornerstones from the institution’s mission statement into the philosophy of music.

Talented Cadets from the Regimental Band put together a drum static that is best performed by black light. Lots of good music being practiced in Mellon Hall tonight for the Annual Tattoo.

Tap the story to get a sneak peak.

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VFMAC introduced Esports to its lineup in the last year and it consists of more than just competitive video gaming. Esports at VFMAC includes practice days, team meetings, and tournament matches. Cadets who participate in Esports also participate in team building, critical analysis of games and matches played, discussion of game strategy and technology concepts.

High School Esports League (HSEL) is a Varsity Esports League which hosts competitions between high school students across the U.S. While our Academy is 7-12 and the HSEL is only High School, we also compete in the MSEL, Middle school Esports League.

In the first year, the Spring Major Tournament was the second full Esports season at VFMAC and we have TWO cadets who qualified for their respective national playoffs based on their incredible performances!

Cadet Anthony Guo, grade 9, placed 17th out of 950 high school competitors with a 7 wins, 1 loss record. His first playoff match will be versus Bayard Rustin HS (West Chester PA) on May 7th. He competes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch.

Cadet Amar Hulan, grade 8, placed 30th out of 450 middle school competitors with a 5 wins, 3 losses record. His first playoff match will be versus North Shore Middle School (Glen Head, NY) on May 10th. He competes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch.

Both HSEL and MSEL playoff matches will run through the week of May 9th through May 15th with championship matches held on May 20th and May 21st.

Good luck to both of our Cadets competing!
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Today we want to share a huge congratulations to our 1LT Mohammed Al-Thani for his acceptance to the United States Military Academy- West Point this coming Fall.

Mohammed not only excels in the classroom but excels by his leadership skills. While at the college Mohammed Al-Thani has shown tremendous leadership and character while leading our plebe company as the companies XO. 1LT Al-Thani has also led two crucibles during his time here.

Mohammed follows closely in the footsteps of his cousin Abdulrahman Al-Hanzab who attended Valley Forge Military College, Alumni class of 12’, Al-Hanzab also attended the United States Military Academy West Point after Graduation. Post-Grad, Abdulrahman Al-Hanzab is now working for the Qatar Army as a 1LT.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point's mission is "to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army."

We are so proud of you 1LT. Al-Thani and we look forward to seeing your next accomplishments.

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Shout out to Cadet Reed (pictured on left), who has been accepted to the National Student Leadership Conference- Intelligence & Homeland Security Program!

The NSLC on National Intelligence & Homeland Security is an interactive experience that will give our cadet the opportunity to immerse himself in the challenging complexities of the intelligence and security community. He will act as a member of the security council, where he will be tasked with solving and unfolding a crisis. This is only one of the tasks at hand, during the conference there will be college lecture style series, behind the scenes tours, and leadership training.

We are proud of your effort and drive Cadet Reed! Congratulations!
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Congratulations to Cadet Andrew Ku'21 on his acceptances to Penn State University, Penn State University Brandywine, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona campus! We are so proud of you, congratulations!
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Good morning! It is a beautiful day in Wayne, PA for the VFMAC Golf Classic at St. Davids Golf Club! A big shout out to our Title Sponsors for today's event!

Thank you to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., John English '91, Tony & Gypsie Kolenski, Lintons Food Service Management, Mercedez-Benz of Lehigh Valley and Terra Technical Services, LLC!
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About the Music Program

Our Music Department incorporates the five cornerstones from the institution’s mission statement into the philosophy of music. Cadets involved in the music program range from ages 14 to 21 and receive an excellent education both musically and academically. Each elite musical unit has a particular focus, with an international reputation to match.

For more information on any of the musical groups, please contact:
Vincent DeMarro
Bandmaster
vdemarro@vfmac.edu
(610) 989-1252

Regimental Band

The Regimental Band has made appearances in inaugural parades of U.S. Presidents and has historically performed at the inaugurals of Pennsylvania governors since Valley Forge Military Academy and College’s founding 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, as well as for regimental reviews, 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. Most recently they represented the U.S.A. at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

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.

Regimental Choir

The Regimental Choir is open to all cadets who enjoy making music and wish to broaden their educational experience.

The group has a prestigious performance history, including venues like the White House, the Pentagon, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, and the Academy of Music where they performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In their spare time, the Regimental Choir provides music for Valley Forge Military Academy and College’s annual Military Tattoo in November and the Holiday Concert in December. They also perform at Sunday services in the Alumni Memorial Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion on the Valley Forge campus.

Heraldic Fanfare Trumpeters

The brass members of the Regimental Band also form a special group called the Heraldic Fanfare Trumpeters. They provide a regal significance on and off campus. These trumpeters routinely perform prior to on-campus Chapel services throughout the school year and are on call to perform for Presidents, Supreme Court Justices and Governors on a regular basis.

Field Music

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.

The school’s Field Music group is comprised of Middle School band members as well as all academy cadets who have an interest in learning an instrument. No experience is required.

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.

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