Lieutenant Commander Adam R. Williamson begins his tenure as the Director of the Coast Guard Band during its 88th season. In this 2013-14 inaugural season, LCDR Williamson’s programs will feature the extraordinary musical talents of band members, introduce interesting new works, and revisit the classics, all while highlighting the many missions of the Coast Guard.
Though hired as the tenor saxophonist, LCDR Williamson quickly established himself as a conductor. In addition to conducting in multiple Coast Guard Band Concerts and Coast Guard Chamber Players Recitals, LCDR Williamson has conducted Inter-Service Military Bands, the Coast Guard Band School Concerts, and the pit orchestra for Coast Guard Academy Cadet Musicals.
LCDR Williamson received his Bachelor of Music degree in education and saxophone performance from the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 2001, and began graduate studies at Indiana University and the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. LCDR Williamson joined the United States Coast Guard Band in January 2003 and moved to Colchester, CT with his wife Lisa and their 2 cats in 2007. He spends much of his time gardening and following Lisa’s active career as a soprano soloist..
CWO4 Richard Wyman has been Assistant Director of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2004, regularly conducting throughout the United States and abroad, including the Band’s historic 2008 Japan and 2011 Taiwan tours. He has appeared as conductor for joint military band performances in Hawaii and Norfolk, Virginia, and regularly leads the Coast Guard Band at ceremonies, including Department of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Academy events. He leads the Band’s educational initiatives, designing, hosting, and conducting innovative educational concerts for over 6000 students annually. As the Band’s producer of recording projects, he has led over eight compact disc releases.
As saxophonist, Wyman was a member of the USCG Band Saxophone Quartet, appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and at the World Saxophone Congress. Prior to joining the Coast Guard, he was manager and baritone saxophonist of the Tower Saxophone Quartet, with whom he performed at the White House four times, including special performances for President William Clinton, senior staff, and Mr. and Mrs. Gore, and received two year-long grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to live and perform in Moultrie, GA, then in Paintsville, KY. Additional work included multiple summers as jazz saxophonist at Disney World and Busch Gardens (FL), and several years performing in Salsa and Merengue bands.
Wyman has conducted extensive scholarly research on American composer John Adams, and created a Wind Ensemble transcription from the major orchestral work Harmonielehre. Wyman’s writing on John Williams appeared in Volume 10 of the widely-used reference series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Dr. Wyman is a member of the Conductors Guild, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Saxophone and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. His primary conducting teachers have been Jeffrey Renshaw and Frank Battisti, with additional studies (summer workshops) under Michael Haithcock, H. Robert Reynolds, Steve Peterson, Glen Adsit, Jerry Junkin, Neil Varon, and Charles Peltz.
Captain Lewis J. Buckley served as Director, U. S. Coast Guard Band, from June 1, 1975 through September 30, 2004. The Coast Guard Band’s fifth Director, he was the first to achieve the rank of Commander and then Captain, and he retired as the longest-tenured conductor of a major service band in American history. During his tenure, he and the Band’s dedicated senior leadership transformed the group from a local band that seldom performed far from the Coast Guard Academy into a major touring and broadcasting organization, representing the Coast Guard nationally and internationally through its live performances and media productions.
Captain Buckley guided the Coast Guard Band to a position of renown among the world’s most respected wind bands. During nearly 30 years under his baton, the Band established an international reputation for excellence through its superb recordings; by airing more live and recorded concert broadcasts on National Public Radio than any other U. S. wind band, military or civilian; and through hundreds of highly acclaimed live appearances, including those at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. He led the Band in seven Presidential Inaugurations and dozens of performances in Washington D.C, including four White House National Christmas Tree lightings and a rare performance on the floor of the House of Representatives.
He conducted for every American president from Gerald Ford through George W. Bush and for numerous international heads of state; led the Band’s first Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center appearances; worked with such diverse stars as Jim Nabors, Placido Domingo, and Walter Cronkite, among a great many others; and conducted the first concerts ever presented by an American service band in the Soviet Union, when the Coast Guard Band journeyed to then-Leningrad in 1989.
Upon his retirement, the Coast Guard awarded Captain Buckley the Legion of Merit, and the Coast Guard Band named him Conductor Laureate and endowed an annual invitation to a reknowned conductor, to be known as the Captain Lewis J. Buckley Guest Conductor.