The VFMAC Regimental Band is widely recognized regionally and around the world. The precision with which it plays and marches represents the institution in exactly the manner VFMAC teaches. Comprising both College and Academy Cadets, it leads formal parades on campus, performs concerts in the spring and during the holiday season, and is called upon in the community to march in parades near and far.
“For some, the first they learn of VFMAC is when they see our band,” said Mr. Vince DeMarro, Director of Music, at VFMAC. “We have only a few seconds to make a good impression.” With such an important weight to carry, the band perfects the music and drill for each performance with regular and disciplined practices.
The commitment to practice and excellence is born out in the number or invitations the band receives. The New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade and Veteran’s day parade, the Conshohocken, Pa., St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Memorial Day parade in Wayne, Pa., and the world’s largest indoor military tattoo.
The New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is the oldest in the US, dating to 1762; the NYC Veterans Day parade dating to 1919. The St. Patrick’s Day parade put the Band on the famed 5th Avenue, marching before a projected 150,000 spectators plus thousands more watching the broadcast on NBC. VFMAC’s near century of rich history parallels the rich history of these parades.
Closer to home and slightly younger than the NYC parades, the Conshohocken St. Patrick’s Day Parade is in its 13th year. In competition with other bands judged on music composition, drill, and a presentation at the reviewing stand, VFMAC’s Regimental Band was awarded the title of the Best Adult Band in the parade. It has also received an award from the Canadian Naval Reserve.
“While the band may be honored with a win in competition, it is important to remember the Band is many individuals committed to excellence, and committed to performing their best on behalf of the school, themselves, and fellow Cadets,” said Mr. Demarro. “It is a privilege to be their director.” Congratulations to the VFMAC Regimental Band.