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The West Point Band performs on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum.

The West Point Band performs on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum.

The West Point Band will be featured on Wednesday’s “Today Show” on NBC. We’ll be performing as part of the “Hiring Our Heroes” campaign, a terrific program raising awareness on the challenges our veterans face finding employment in the civilian sector.

We performed on the same program last year. My parents were so excited they bought a DVR device to capture the action. I’ll be setting mine on Wednesday, as it’s not every day I’m on national television.

Last year we played on top of the Intrepid aircraft carrier. It was cold and windy, but what an experience. This year I’m told we’ll be indoors. An armory display, perhaps? We rehearsed the music earlier today. There will be marches, there will be patriotic tunes, there will be ceremonial music. Pretty much the quintessential military band experience.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of performing on national television, I can’t lose perspective of the bigger picture: we’re playing as part of “Hiring Our Heroes.” There’s nothing more important and rewarding than serving our veterans.

Here’s a link to “Hiring Our Heroes.” Check it out. And be sure to set your DVRs Wednesday morning. (Or watch us live. Either way!)

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