West Point’s 162nd was commissioned by the composer’s dear friend and colleague, television actor and radio personality Jerry Fogel. Mr. Fogel wanted a piece of music to be played for the reunion review in recognition of their 50th anniversary graduating from The United States Military Academy at West Point.
The composer contacted West Point and was informed there were some years West Point did not have a graduating class, and years (especially during The Civil War) where they graduated two classes. The West Point Class of 1959 was the 162nd class to graduate from this most famous of military colleges. The United States Military Academy Band, LTC Timothy Holton conducting, premiered West Point’s 162nd on 2 May 2009.