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.

Take the time to read about Valley Forge Military Academy and Colleges prestigious GSM.

“Garrison Sgt. Major (retired) Bill Mott knows about attention to detail, whether it’s overseeing the parade route of a Royal Wedding, or keeping things running smoothly at Valley Forge Military Academy.”

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Join our Academy for our in person open house on Saturday, August 7th at 10:00 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

To register for the event follow the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valley-forge-military-academy-in-person-open-house-for-prospective-families-tickets-163901191877?aff=erelexpmlt
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On July 16th, 70 years ago, J.D Salinger's book "The Catcher in the Rye" was published by Little, Brown and Co.

Did you know that Salinger was a Cadet at Valley Forge Military Academy?

During his time at the Academy, he displayed a much greater interest in acting than in writing. However, during his senior year, he served as the literary editor of the yearbook, Crossed Sabres '36. Which led him with the intention to write for the New Yorker Magazine.

In his, book, he used VFMA as a model for Pencey Prep, Holden Caulfield's alma mater in "The Catcher in the Rye." Salinger served in the US Army during WWII and was alleged to have carried chapters of the "Catcher in the Rye" with him when he laded on D-Day.

#couragehonorconquer #alumni #history
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Former Alumni and Captain of the Valley Forge Military Academy Defensive Football Team, Chris Doleman '81 TAPS is the man whose advice put Alumni '02 Larry Fitzgerald on the path to the NFL.

Larry Fitzgerald has played 17 seasons in the NFL and given back to communities domestically and internationally. We are proud of the path that Cadet Fitzgerald has forged. During his time at Valley Forge Military Academy, Cadet Fitzgerald had 35 catches for 420 yards and seven touchdowns in six games. We knew he was destined for the NFL.

Current Athletic Director, Michael Muscella, and former Assistant Football Coach noted  "I saw him and I said, 'This is what guys who play on Sundays look like,' Muscella said. "His uniform, his physique, you could just tell that he was different."

"Fitzgerald told McManaman in an interview, “I can’t tell you how thankful I am for my Valley Forge Military Academy experience. … There’s no way I’d be here if I hadn’t gone there.”
"And, if it hadn’t been for Chris Doleman, he might not have gone there at all."

We are glad he did. #Couragehonorconquer #Alumni #NFL

Pictured in the middle: Cadet Larry Fitzgerald.
Follow the link below for more info on Larry Fitzgerald's time at VFMA
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Today’s #throwbackthursday is @hjarguello alumni ‘95 former E-battery Company Commander. This photo was taken after graduation and all he could think approaching the stairs of graduation was “don’t trip, don’t trip, don’t trip.”
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Share your #throwbackthursday with us, alumni!

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Send your submissions via email to gjones@vfmac.edu.
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This week's #ForgeFactFriday is posted, good luck!

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Congrats, to last weeks #ForgeFridayGiveaway Winners. We expect your prizes to arrive sometime next week!

This week's #ForgeFactFriday is a lot harder, so we wish you lots of luck! We will choose one random correct winner from Facebook and one from Instagram. Winners will be selected next Tuesday.

Good Luck!

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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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