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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 22, 2005

(Mahwah) – The United States Military Academy Concert Band will give a concert at the Bandshell on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m.  Admission to The Commerce Bank Summer Concert Series is free, however, there is a $5 per car parking fee.  

The Concert Band is a direct descendant of the small Band of Musick that assembled at West Point in 1817.  The modest 20-piece military band of that era has evolved into the 43-member symphonic band of today.

The band’s performances annually attract thousands of visitors to West Point to hear the finest in new and traditional concert band literature.   The Concert Band has a history marked by several world-class performances and close associations with renowned composers.  Percy Grainger, one of the first composers to fully utilize the unique instrumentation of the wind ensemble, often called upon the band at West Point to proofread his new compositions.  In 1940, the Concert Band premiered Grainger’s work Hill Song #2.”  The band also enjoyed its relationship with American composer and conductor Morton Gould.  His 1952 contribution to the sesquicentennial of the United States Military Academy, Symphony for Band,” commissioned by the Concert Band, still stands as a widely performed selection by concert bands worldwide. 

Bring your lawn chair, a carload of family and friends, and picnic under the stars. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Berrie Center. In addition to Commerce Bank, the series is sponsored by McBride Enterprises and The Prestige Family of Dealerships.  For more information, call 201.684.7611.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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