Riverside Military Academy and Randolph Macon Academy Participate in AMCSUS 38th Military Band and Choral Festival

On Saturday evening, the drum majors took the knowledge they had learned throughout the two days and competed against each other to determine who was the best.

AdmissionsQuest member schools Riverside Military and Randolph-Macon Academy recently had students participate in the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) 38th Military Band and Choral Festival.

Originally a regional event for Virginia Military schools, The Military Band and Choral Festival now brings together Cadets nationwide. Randolph-Macon Academy hosted this year’s Festival, which rotates through host campuses. Participating cadets are the finest musicians from their campuses determined by auditions. Upon arrival at the Festival, students take part in clinics to improve their performance of the concert pieces, practice to come together as group, and go through auditions to determine their Festival chair placement.

On Saturday evening, the drum majors took the knowledge they had learned throughout the two days and competed against each other to determine who was the best. Following three days of rehearsals and clinics, students performed a concert at the AMCSUS annual conference in Alexandria, VA, celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary.

The US Army Chorus performed for the Festival participants and the local community on Friday evening.

The US Army Chorus performed for the Festival participants and the local community on Friday evening.

Students from 17 different military schools and colleges rehearse together in the Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School cafeteria.

Students from 17 different military schools and colleges rehearse together in the Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School cafeteria.

Dennis M. Layendecker; D.M.A.; Colonel, USAF Retired, was the Festival Concert Band Conductor. Dr. Layendecerk is the Director of the George Mason University School of Music.

Dennis M. Layendecker; D.M.A.; Colonel, USAF Retired, was the Festival Concert Band Conductor. Dr. Layendecerk is the Director of the George Mason University School of Music.

Riverside Military Cadet First Lieutenant DoYeun Kim placed as 1st chair oboe and Cadet Staff Sergeant Eli Prussack won a solo with the honor choir. As well, eight Riverside cadets were selected for the honor band; Riverside was also represented in the honor choir by eight cadets.

38th Military Band and Choral Festival Photo Gallery

The Military Band and Choral Festival roster included more than 240 cadets and bandmasters, choir directors and chaperons from seventeen military academies. This year’s festival participants are from schools in California, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont and Virginia.

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Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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