As announced in a press release today, Florence, Army and Navy Academy student Class of 2015 will perform Monday, December 16 at 7:00pm in the Virginia Atkinson Memorial Chapel. The concert, open to the public, is an opportunity for all of the Academy's bands to perform holiday selections from several religions and cultures.
As explained in the release, the most unique part of this concert is that the entire Middle School Band and High School Band will be performing as one group, without the assistance of the Advanced Band in several selections. This will be the first public performance for these new musicians. "It is amazing how much progress these cadets have made in such a short time," says Richard Nunley, Bandmaster.
Additionally, the Advanced Band will perform some very challenging pieces, including several selections from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Most recently, Army and Navy Academy cadets performed at the La Jolla Christmas Parade. Behind the initial banners, the Atkinson Warrior Band was the first unit in the parade, leading on the grand marshal.
Bandmaster Nunley ensures that the Winter Concert should not be missed. "It is a chance for our cadets to show what kind of musicians they are," he says, "and I expect an outstanding performance from both the veteran musicians as well as the younger beginner band."
Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is a private not-for-profit institution that provides an academically robust, character-based education for young men, grades 7 through 12. It is the only private boarding school in San Diego County and the only private military academy for high school-age students in California and surrounding states.