The Culver Pipes & Drums has accepted an invitation to join 21 other bands for the 32nd Annual West Point Military Tattoo at the United States Military Academy. The group will perform at West Point’s Trophy Point on April 13.
The Culver Pipes & Drums is comprised of Academies students, faculty, and community members from the surrounding area. Nine students and eight adults will travel in three vans to West Point. Jim Henderson W’47, ’52 and Dan Gilbert ’69, along with others, made the trip possible.
The West Point Military Tattoo is a prestigious opportunity for the students and other band members, said Pipe Major and founder Brent Van Norman. Culver will be playing in an honored space, right before the host band, the United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums.
According to Culver resident Mike Maddox, who plays the bass drum, the invitation came through connections established by Alex Canacci ’10, who played the pipes with the group while at Culver Academies and is now a first-classman at West Point.
Alexandra Jeffirs ’15 (Argos, Ind.), a member of the group, said, “It’s really exciting. I’m thrilled to be able to go and honored. I’m thrilled to be able to work with such a wonderful band.”
Culver was originally invited to play last spring but didn’t have time to organize the trip. This year, the band has been intensifying its practices for the performance. Along with its individual performance, the Culver Pipes & Drums will play with the other 21 bands during the evening retreat ceremony. The individual performances will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the retreat ceremony.
The Culver Pipes & Drums is a non-profit entity and technically a club at the Academies. It is open to all ages and backgrounds. The group has performed at Culver’s garrison parades during the winter and summer since its inception 12 years ago.