NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sunday, January 31 at 2 p.m. at Noank Baptist Church, and Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at Park Congregational Church, the Coast Guard Band Chamber Players presents “Le Gai Paris.” Come hear delightful works by French composers led by Chief Musician Christopher Howard, Musician 1st Class Robert Langslet, and special guest Dr. Lauren Reynolds: Director of Bands at Central Connecticut University.
The program includes Émile Bernard’s “Divertissment Op. 36,” and the 3rd movement of Ándre Caplet’s “Suite Persane.” There are also two works by Jean Francaix: “Le Gai Paris” and “Nine Pieces Caracteristiques.” Christopher Howard and Robert Langslet are under the tutelage of Dr. Lauren Reynolds as they participate in the Band’s Conducting and Leadership Program.
These events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Noank Baptist Church is located at 18 Cathedral Heights, Groton and Park Congregational Church is located at 283 Broadway in Norwich. For more information about the Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band or call the Concert Information Line at (860) 701-6826.
NEW LONDON, Conn.—For the first time ever, a U.S. Coast Guard Band musician will perform at the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7. Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget is a popular star of Coast Guard Band concerts at the Coast Guard Academy. Now she will be the first Coast Guard Musician to represent the service at a Super Bowl. MU1 Weikleenget will join vocalists from the four other uniformed services in joint chorus during the lead up to kick-off. Be sure to tune in early for the pregame festivities and enjoy patriotic music sung by talented musical artists from America’s five military branches.
Since joining the USCG Band in 2010, Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget, soprano vocalist, has performed for audiences across the United States. A versatile performer, MU1 Weikleenget has showcased musical styles ranging from Classical to Musical Theater to Jazz. She has performed at the International World Symphonic Band Conference in Chiayi City, Taiwan and the renowned National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. She has also been a soloist with The Collegiate Chorale, The Dessoff Choir, and The Berkshire Bach Society with conductor James Bagwell. MU1 Weikleenget holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and music education from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory. In 2010, she attended Bard College's Vocal Arts Program (Red Hook, NY), under the direction of Dawn Upshaw and Kayo Iwama. In 2009, MU1 Weikleenget made her Carnegie Hall debut through the Composing Song Workshop conducted by Ms. Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov. Her teachers include Dr. Deborah Massell and Patricia Misslin. Off the stage, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband Ethan and their two young children, Hannah and Luke.
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.