Established in 1959, the Wind Quintet quickly evolved into a musical unit that is in demand for entertainment as well as for educational events. The quintet is a vital part of the Naval Academy Band, performing for receptions hosted by the Superintendent, as well as openings and exhibitions at the Naval Academy Museum. In the community, they perform concerts and clincs, and have appeared at regional libraries, elementary schools, colleges and universities. One of the group's most memorable performances was for a meeting of the Organization of American States, which was subsequently aired on "The Voice of America."
The Wind Quintet is led by Chief Musician Anthony Valerio. Their repertoire ranges from classics by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to the modern compositions of Milhaud, Nielsen, and Hindemith, with a special emphasis on works by American composers.