Band + Music Ensembles
The Academy offers a variety of musical opportunities. From larger instrumental and vocal opportunities to small chamber groups. The Academy has a concert band, jazz ensemble, chorus, and Acappella groups to name a few. We have had in the past specialty/affinity groups like string bands and rock bands.
REGIMENTAL CONCERT BAND & CHORUS
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Regimental Concert Band & Chorus is the Academy's premier musical organization. Led by Lieutenant Commander Wayne Magee; the organization includes sixty musicians, four cadet staff officers, and a drum major. The Academy's Concert Band & Chorus performs music at the Academy and other special events.
"FIRST WATCH": JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
The Academy's first Band! "First Watch" The Academy’s premier jazz and contemporary ensemble, has been performing the finest of big band music for The Academy and regional audiences for over 60 years. Formed in 1942, this 15-member group continues the jazz big band, dance band, traditions coupled with the contemporary sounds of today with some of the finest cadet musicians in the maritime world.
CEREMONIAL FIELD & MARCHING BAND
The Academy's most active band known to hold down a groove and heart-pumping tune from parade field at daily formations, to special Academy ceremonies or on the streets of Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. The Ceremonial Field & Marching Band has its own identity fostering creativity, discipline, and leadership as the sound of the "Pride of the Regiment".