NEW LONDON, Conn.—Thursday July 16, at 7 p.m. at UCONN Avery Point on the Branford House Lawn, the Coast Guard Band presents “Americana,” an upbeat concert with patriotic favorites and familiar tunes. With music by noted American composers Irving Berlin, Charles Ives, John Philip Sousa and more, the program, led by Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson, captures the musical spirit of America.
The concert opens with the delightful tunes of Stephen Foster in “Foster’s America,” followed by an energetic performance of James Stephenson’s “Dodecafecta” by the Brass Quintet. Celebrating the musical heritage of Connecticut, a collection of works by Charles Ives provides sonic images of times past. Irving Berlin’s familiar tune “This is the Army” makes way for Paul Murtha’s dramatic arrangement of “America the Beautiful.” The program is dotted with the well-known marches “Americans We,” “Chimes of Liberty,” a set of traditional jazz by the Dixieland Band, and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. UCONN Avery Point is located at 1084 Shennecossett Road in Groton.
New London, Conn.-The Guardians Big Band puts on a swinging program on Sunday July 26 at 3 p.m. at City Pier in New London. Members of the Coast Guard Band perform works from classic to contemporary under the astute direction of Musician 1st Class Sean Nelson.
This Guardians Big Band program has wide ranging sonic appeal with charts from great big band leaders such as Count Basie, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Duke Ellington, John Fedchock, and many others. Soprano Soloist MU1 Megan Weikleenget augments the band singing charts by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Cole Porter. Come join the powerful Guardians Big Band for an afternoon of sizzling jazz.
This concert is free and open to the public. City Pier is located just behind Union Station in New London. In the event of rain, the show will go on in Leamy Concert Hall, located at 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320. All visitors to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy must present a valid state-issued photo I.D.