The NYMA Band
The history of the music program at NYMA can be traced back to 1906 when the Corps finally formed a drum-and-bugle corps of its own after depending on the Cornwall town band for years. The school hired its first Bandmaster , Mr. Harley A. Ide, in 1909. Throughout the rest of the Academy’s history the Band has been one of the elite units of the Corps.
Today the music program at NYMA is keeping itself grounded in this tradition while being aimed at keeping cadets current in the world of music education, performance, business, and technology.
The heart of the tradition lies in the ranks of our Field and Parade Band. This group leads the Corps during every presentation and parade throughout the year, and it is a responsibility that all of our band cadets take great pride in. This group also doubles on the stage as our concert band for our Winter and Spring concert series. Besides our two large ensembles we have a variety of chamber and small groups. These include our Brass Quintet, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Rock/Pop ensemble.
The music program also offers band cadets the opportunity to take classes and tutorials in Music History, Music Theory, Improvisation, and Recording Engineering. Because of our close proximity to the United States Military Academy many of our students take advantage of being able to have private lessons with the many talented members of the West Point Band and Jazz Knights.
For more information on the NYMA Band please contact Mr. Jason Furman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-534-3710 x4240