In 1903, West Point began its first glee club. For over 100 years, this choir has represented West Point and the American military at official events.
In this video, the West Point Glee Club performs on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. The large body of voices gives powerful renditions of military-themed songs.
The first song they sing is “Anchors Aweigh,” which is the fight song of the U.S. Navy and the unofficial marching song of the U.S. Army. The young men’s booming voices sing, “Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh / Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.”
Next, they sing “Marines’ Hymn,” which is the official hymn of the US Marine Corp. This song is the oldest official song of the U.S. military. It features highly recognizable lyrics: “From the Halls of Montezuma / To the shores of Tripoli; / We fight our country’s battles / In the air, on land, and sea.”
The men end with “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” which is the official song of the U.S. Army. It is often referred to as “The Army Song.” Its first chorus, “First to fight for the right, / And to build the Nation’s might, / And The Army Goes Rolling Along / Proud of all we have done, / Fighting till the battle’s won, / And the Army Goes Rolling Along,” would make anyone proud to be an American.
Listening to these young active-duty soldiers belt out these powerful songs reminds audiences that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into the forming of this nation. Many who have lost loved ones to war may become emotional when listening to these army men sing.
The fight for freedom and prosperity continues. These young men who volunteered for service sing about what they believe in–their solder, brothers, and the land of the free.