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Members of the West Point Band supported Army Women’s Basketball in their second ever NCAA appearance this weekend. The request for band support came just a few days before the game and the roster was filled with band members excited to see Army take on Maryland. Several NCOs and officers worked quickly, creating 10 new musical arrangments for the group in a single day. With one rehearsal under our belt we boarded the bus to Bethesda.
Sunday morning we sent the team off in style from the hotel with a rousing rendition of On Brave Old Army Team and music from Rocky. You could feel the excitement as we boarded our own bus to the University of Maryland Comcast Center to get ready for the game.
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor sang a wonderful rendition of our National Anthem and soon the game was underway. Army kept it close during the beginning of the first half and Cadet Kelsey Minato led the Black Knights with an Army NCAA Tournament record 27 points.
In the end Maryland won the game, but Army gave it their all and the effort and team work displayed on the court was an inspiring reminder of team spirit and the resilient, never quit, attitude that makes Army sports so great. Go Army! Proud to Serve!