The Atkinson Warrior Band

The Atkinson Warrior Band is an integral part of the history and tradition of the Army and Navy Academy going back over 100 years. The band members consist of about 50 musician Cadets of all levels of experience.

Grades 7 – 8 make up the Middle School Band, while those students in grades 9 – 12 have two options

  • The High School Band allows Cadets with no prior experience to learn an instrument and participate in concerts and parades throughout the year.

  • The Advanced Band is for those who have any level of prior musical experience performing on their instrument.

Both the High School and Advanced Bands perform together during concerts and parades throughout the year.

You can be active in the band as well as fully involved in athletics and other school groups — the schedules for rehearsals and performances are planned so as not to conflict with athletics. All bands rehearse during assigned class periods, and weekly as a combined group when required.

Both the High School and Advanced Bands perform together during concerts and parades throughout the year.

Notable performances include:

  • National Anthem for San Diego Padres baseball games
  • 2013 North County Music Festival in Oceanside, California
  • 2013 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Vista, California
  • 2012 on the USS Midway
  • 2012 San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade
  • 2012 Holiday Performance on News 8 San Diego
  • 2011 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC

Benefits of Music Education

Research has shown that participation in music leads to positive academic and psychological development.

Music education and participation provides benefits in:

  • Improving self expression
  • Improving spatial intelligence
  • Increased creative thinking
  • Higher scores on the SAT
  • Improving social skills, including teamwork and communication

Details about this research at the Children’s Music Workshop.

Why ANA?

Army and Navy Academy believes in boys, and we are fully committed to how they learn, grow and thrive.