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U.S. Coast Guard Band Announces Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson as New Director

The United States Coast Guard Band is excited to announce Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson as their new director.

LCDR Adam WilliamsonLCDR Williamson begins his tenure as the Director of the Coast Guard Band during its 88th season. In this 2013-14 inaugural season, his 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.

New Fall School Concerts

The U.S. Coast Guard Band invites students to attend its 30th annual School Concert Series in Leamy Hall Auditorium on the grounds of the historic U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. These age-specific performances allow students to experience an educational and entertaining hour long performance by a world-class 50-piece Concert Band. This year’s performances, led by the Band’s Assistant Director Richard Wyman, explore inspiration and the creative process.  Featuring music of varying styles, with educational activities and fun audience interaction, this program will thrill students and teachers (and state education standards) alike! 

U. S. Coast Guard Band’s School Concerts
“Creativity: What Inspires YOU?”

Performances for Elementary students (Grades K-5)
Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Performances for Middle School students (Grades 6-8)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Performance for High School musicians (Band/orchestra/choir)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Followed by (optional) afternoon instrumental workshops/clinics
for high school Band students (space limited- inquire with Megan Sesma)

For more information please contact Chief Musician Megan Sesma at (860-701-6832) or email (,

School Concerts Deadline Extended to April 15

The 2013 School Concert Series will take place from 10-11am on April 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, May 1 and 3, 2013.

If you wish for your students to be among those in attendance, please write, call (860-701-6832), FAX (860-444-8475), or email the information below to Chief Musician Megan Sesma ( by April 15th to schedule your school:

Schools will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  To supplement or help prepare your students for the concert, a special “teacher’s guide” will be mailed in April. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Leamy Concert Hall!

2013 Young Artist Competition Winner

2013 YAC Winner Jesse GardnerThe 2013 Coast Guard Band Young Artist Competition Winner is Jesse Gardner. He will appear as soloist on the Coast Guard Band's May 12th "New Faces" concert at 2:00pm at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.

Jesse is a 17-year-old musician from Groton, Connecticut who attends Fitch High School. He has played the saxophone for 8 years, studying with James Dygert and John Clark, and the bassoon for 5, studying with Rebecca Noreen. He is equally skilled on both instruments, having participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association Eastern Region and All-State music festivals each year throughout high school; this year he will play tenor saxophone with the All-State Jazz Band. Jesse’s diverse musical interests range from classical music to jazz to indie rock to hip hop, and he is a unique and open-minded musician. He currently plays in the Fitch High School jazz ensemble as well as the Thames Valley Youth Symphony, the Connecticut College jazz ensemble, the Norwich Arts Center community band, and jazz-jam rock band The Feels. Jesse plans to continue to study music in college, and has auditioned at several top university music schools and conservatories, including Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, The Hartt School, and McGill University, both on saxophone and on bassoon.

2013 Southeast Tour Cancelled

From the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Public Affairs:

"We deeply regret that the Coast Guard has cancelled the US Coast Guard Band's tour of the South, to have occurred March 6-15, 2013.  It was not an easy decision.  We further regret that the tour was cancelled so close to its start. The final decision was delayed until today under the hope that the sequester might have been avoided.  

The budget reductions required under sequestration will have impacts across all Coast Guard mission areas.  In this difficult budget climate the service's primary objective is to preserve our ability to meet the highest-priority mission activities, including search and rescue, critical security operations, and emergency response. "

2013 Community Outreach Initiative

The U.S. Coast Guard Band is presenting our Community Outreach Initiative Program for 2013. Chamber ensembles from the Coast Guard Band perform educational programs for area elementary school students. Check out the COI page for more information.

Commander Megan Promoted to Captain

The Director of the United States Coast Guard Band, Kenneth W. Megan was promoted to the rank of Captain in the United States Coast Guard, effective September 1, 2012. Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz presented the commission to CAPT Megan in a ceremony during the Band’s concert at Fort Trumbull on September 2, 2012. Congratulations, Captain!

CAPT Megan Promotion


















Young Artist Competition Winners

Congratulations to Glastonbury High School student Kaitlin Pet, oboe, and New London High School student Samantha Lake, tuba, they are both winners of the 2012 Coast Guard Band Young Artist Competition!

Kaitlin PetKaitlin Pet, oboe, is a junior at Glastonbury High School. She began playing the oboe in fourth grade and has been especially active the past three years in local and regional music events, including the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, the Hartt Community Division Program, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Oboe Program, and the Luzerne Music Center. Kaitlin is currently a member of the Juilliard Pre-College program, the Connecticut Youth Symphony, and the Glastonbury High School Symphonic Band. Her teachers have included Richard Dallassio and Marilyn Krentzman. Along with music, Kaitlin is also interested in botany/mycology and clay sculpture. After high school, she plans to pursue a double major program with intensive oboe studies.

Samantha LakeTuba soloist Samantha Lake is a senior at New London High School. An all-around achiever, she competes on the school’s math and track teams, in addition to serving as marching band drum major. She studies tuba with retired Coast Guard Band member Gary Buttery and is in her twelfth year of piano lessons. Beginning in her sophomore year Samantha was accepted to participate in Connecticut All-State Band, and this year she will perform in All-State Orchestra. Ms. Lake plans to continue her versatile career in college with a double major in tuba performance and mathematics, and joining the marching and pep bands.


These talented young musicians will be performing with us in Leamy Concert Hall on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

2012 School Concert Series

The Coast Guard Band presents the 28th annual School Concert Series for students in Leamy Hall Auditorium on the grounds of the historic U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. The concert is primarily geared for grades 4 - 8, and is designed to be both educational and entertaining.  Over 100,000 students have attended our young people’s concerts over the past 27 years, and all indications are that this year’s concert will be as popular as ever. more info...

2012 Coast Guard Band Young Artist Solo Competition

The United States Coast Guard Band is pleased to announce its sixth annual Young Artists Solo Competition.  Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 (snow date:  March 31, 2012) at Leamy Concert Hall on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.  The selected winner will be announced during the week after the audition date.  A performance by this student in conjunction with the Coast Guard Band’s public concert series is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Leamy Concert Hall. Eligible students must be attending high school in the following Connecticut counties:  New London, Middlesex, New Haven, Hartford, Tolland and Windham.  Candidates should limit their repertoire to one of the selections on the repertoire list below.  In addition, we strongly encourage the use of a piano accompanist for the audition.

2012 Young Artist Solo Competition Application

2012 Young Artist Solo Competition Repertoire List

Applications, including a letter of recommendation, must be received for screening by the February 17, 2012 deadline.  The student then will be contacted concerning acceptance and a scheduled audition time.  Please feel free to contact Chief Musician Aimee Page by phone (860-701-6836) or email ( with any concerns or questions.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for talented young musicians and we look forward to your students’ applications. more info...




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