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.

On Saturday, most of our Plebes were recognized as Cadets in the 94th Corps of Cadets. These two months of hard work have paid off!

Families (especially little siblings) were happy to be reunited with their Cadets.

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We celebrated the groundbreaking of a new athletic complex this week.

The complex includes a new synthetic turf field and accompanying track and field resources.

“This is only the first step of our strategic plan and vision,” Colonel Helgeson said. “We are grateful for the partnership with Eastern University and are thrilled that we will be able to offer first-class facilities to our cadet-athletes.

“Once this project is completed, we will immediately look to begin phase two of our sports complex upgrades, which will provide VFMAC and the surrounding community with much-needed sports and recreational fields and facilities.”

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Mr Zane Hadzick, a Senior Emergency Management Specialist is speaking this morning to Mr Smallwood's Leadership Class.

He spoke about real world leadership experiences and how to lead yourself to better lead others.

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Mason Beausoleil '21C is attending the University of Mississippi after graduating from VFMC last year. At a recent record setting game he was a part of the excitement as a Cannon Crew member for Army ROTC. Mason is continuing his Criminal Justice studies at UM.

Hotty Toddy and Go Rebs!

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The Chinese Club and part of their VFMAC Family.

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It is a beautiful day for the Radnor Fall Fest. The talent of our Regimental Band is making it even better.

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It's Friday afternoon and the Corps of Cadets is on the Parade Field. They are practicing for our upcoming Founders Day Parade. ...

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VFMA was honored to participate in this weekends Delaware County Veterans Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony.

Photo Credit: Captain Chris Onesti
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Our Regimental Commander, Cadet First Captain Coley Bagwell was presented with General Gustave Perna's sabre.

General Perna, a VFMC Alumnus, is the highest ranking officer ever commissioned by the Early Commissioning Program at any school.

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A Moment of Silence and a lesson this morning.

Photo: Cadet Connor Staroweski

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In respectful memory of Durrell Pearsall‚ VF ‘86 who was killed in the line of duty on 11 Sept 2001, responding to the World Trade Center attacks.

A member of New York Fire Department’s Rescue 4 (Engine 292), Pearsall was 34 years old when he died.

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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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