Over Thanksgiving break, approximately 120 Band Company Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Regimental Band and Pipe Band, including North Pocono graduate Kurt Schommer, participated in a six-day trip to Hawaii along with Band Director, Colonel John Brodie.
The band had a busy week performing at the USS Alabama and USS Missouri Memorials at Pearl Harbor, Tripler Army Medical Center and The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
They also marched in the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade, which was internationally televised on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7, on NBC affiliated stations.
Mr. Russell Takata ’74, the local Hawaiian Chapter President of the VMI Alumni Association arranged a beach party and cookout on Thanksgiving Day for the Cadets.
The band travels in excess of 10,000 miles each year as the musical ambassadors to the Corps of Cadets.
The Regimental Band and its compliment units perform in excess of 150 commitments annually, including weekly parades on the VMI Post and at parades and sporting events across the country.
The band has performed in five presidential inauguration parades in Washington, D.C., the most recent being 2006.