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May the fourth be with you: the West Point Band performs a Star Wars tribute

In honor of May the Fourth, the unofficial Star Wars holiday for fans and pun enthusiasts alike, the Army's West Point Band performed the classic Star Wars cantina song in a video posted on Twitter.

May the fourth be with you — or #Maythefourthbewithyou as it is trending on Twitter — is the slogan for the unofficial celebration of Star Wars fans, honoring the Jedi catch phrase, may the force be with you.

Made famous in the original Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, the Star Wars cantina band and their up-beat song have become icons of their own. Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes is the official band name, according to internet fans and the Rocklopedia of Fake Bands. The Bith aliens that make up the cantina band on the desert planet Tatooine have an advantage with wind instruments that certainly makes things challenging for the West Point Band in their effort to recreate the song.

"The Bith method of respiration makes them excellent wind instrument players, capable of holding a note practically indefinitely," according to the Rocklopedia.

Nonetheless, the West Point Band proved very capable of performing the Star Wars classic.

The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest active duty band, founded in 1817, according to their website. While the band can’t trace its roots to a galaxy far far away, it does have a rich history dating back long long ago. The band got its start following the traditions of West Point fifers and drummers from the American Revolution.

The band serves to inspire and motivate the next generation of the Army’s leaders, while also serving as musical ambassadors between the Army and the nation.

May the fourth be with you.

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