Lieutenant Commander Adam R. Williamson continues to serve as the 7th director of the United States Coast Guard Band during its 91st Concert Season. Under LCDR Williamson's direction, the Coast Guard Band has performed concerts and supported official Coast Guard functions at every corner of the continental United States, playing for Congressmen, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard Commandant, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.
The 91st Concert Season's programs under his direction will feature the extraordinary talents of individual Band members with brilliant concerti, while revisiting classic wind ensemble repertoire and introducing exciting new works for band. The Coast Guard Band will also perform numerous works composed or arranged by the Band’s arrangers, MU1 Nelson and MU1 Langslet; frequently feature the Band's talented soprano soloist, MU1 Weikleenget; and continue to explore both familiar and lesser known military band marches.
LCDR Williamson's leadership philosophy to "Encourage, Enable, Support, Reflect" has further tapped into the creative ideas of the Band musicians, generating new ensembles, such as the Guardians Big Band, and developing new performance platforms, such as the Coast Guard Chamber Concert Series. His efforts to create and strengthen local and regional partnerships have created numerous performance opportunities for the Coast Guard Band and Coast Guard Band small groups, and further developed the Band's Community Outreach Initiative, performing educational concerts and recitals for thousands of school students in Connecticut and Washington DC.
LCDR Williamson earned a Bachelor of Music in music education and saxophone performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 2001, and began graduate work at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the University of Hartford's Hartt School. His wife, Lisa, the former Coast Guard Band vocalist, has an active career as an in-demand lyric soprano, taking her across the globe.