It's not about getting a scholarship, getting noticed, or making the national news. It's a deep need in us that comes from the heart.
We need to practice, to perform, and to make music, to honor God and country, to service our Academy. We do it all for our shipmates and for the cadet in our calculus class that we don't even know.
We don't practice with future mainstream professional musicians; we practice with future merchant marine officers and international business professionals.
We don't lift our instruments, flags, sabers and rifles with future professional athletes; we lift them with future Navy and Coast Guard commissioned officers.
We don't march with a future track champion; we march with a future CEO
It's a bigger part of us than our friends and family can understand.
Sometimes we perform for 250,000 patrons; sometimes for a regiment of 1,200. But we still perform well and strive for excellence through a deluge or sunshine. You cheer and applause us because you know us.
You know more than just our names. Like all of you, we are cadets first.
We don't sign autographs. But we do sign papers of employment, commission and enlistment, graduate school applications, Coast Guard exams, and Mast Report sheets.
When we miss a mark time, a rifle movement, a salute or even a note, we don't let down an entire nation. We only let down our shipmates and our Academy. But the hurt is still the same.
We practice hard, travel to performances near and far, do cleaning stations, stand watches, and in the morning we do it all over again and go to class. And in that class we are nothing more than cadets.
It's about pride—in us, in our Company, our Academy and our Country.
It's about our love and passion of service to our Academy. And when it's over, when we walk off that street, parade deck or field for the last time, our hearts crumble. Those tears are real. But deep down inside, we are very proud of ourselves.
We will forever be what few cadets can claim, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s “Regimental Band & Honor Guard”, Seventh Company.