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West Point cadets toss their hats in the air at graduation 2012.

West Point cadets toss their hats in the air at graduation 2012.

Late May is a special time at West Point. For the Firstie cadets, known as seniors at most other colleges, it is graduation time. Many faculty members also leave the post to other assignments within the Army. For the band, it is a very, very busy time. As of today, there are 56 commitments for the unit in the 7 days that make up graduation week. Those events include rehearsals, marching drills, receptions, concerts, and graduation itself. Events start as early as 5:15 a.m. and go on well into the night on some days. This week is absolutely where the West Point Band puts all of its diverse talents on display.

Over the next few weeks, we will bring you several stories of what graduation week is like from the band member’s perspective. Stay tuned for good stories from inside the West Point Band.

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