NMMI Music Department Mission Statement

The mission of the music department (at NMMI) is to provide:

1) Music education for the enrolled band or choral student in a performance medium, leading to a musically educated, well-rounded, ‘whole person:’

2) Opportunities for the Cadet Corps to learn about music through general music classes, such a music theory and music appreciation;

3) Enhancement of the Corps of Cadets by providing musical performances to the Corps;

4) Support the NMMI customs and traditions by providing music at ceremonies and other NMMI functions; and

5) Good public relations.  As musical ambassadors of the Institute, the groups in the music department spread information and good will about NMMI wherever they go.

It is the Music Department’s goal to develop the musical potential of our cadets—while providing ample opportunity for performance participation, academic growth, and the development of leadership skills.  The Institute’s primary performing groups include: Regimental Marching/Concert Band, HQ Live! Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and Vocal Ensemble.  We also offer private piano and guitar lessons—as well as Music Appreciation and Music Theory (college only) classes.  In addition to these courses, we have extra-curricular clubs/ensembles for cadet string players and those interested in pop instrumental styles.

Cadets participating in our performing groups have the opportunity to serve as musical ambassadors for the Institute.  They have traveled from coast to coast performing at places like Disneyland, Six Flags, SeaWorld, New York City, and Washington, DC.  And cadet music groups have visited all of the U.S. Service Academies—as well as many U.S. Military bases—and have performed for two presidential inaugurations.  Our department looks forward to preparing for similar travel opportunities—and numerous other special events—during the upcoming school year.

Financial aid is available for deserving band and choir members.  If you would like to be considered for a Music Scholarship, please contact us for details.