Education

School Concerts

 
"American Road Trip"

The U.S. Coast Guard Band invites you and your students to attend its 33rd 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 program is titled, “American Road Trip.” Students will join the Coast Guard Band “on tour” as they take a musical road trip across America! Works programmed will showcase the glory and grandeur of our country - its cityscapes to the open plains - from sea to shining sea. Buckle up and come along for the ride as students learn more about U.S. geography, history, and culture through music.

 

Performances for Elementary students (Grades K-5)
Wednesday OCTOBER 23rd, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (preschool students invited)
Thursday OCTOBER 24th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Monday OCTOBER 28th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. LIVESTREAM


Performances for Middle School students (Grades 6-8)
Tuesday OCTOBER 29th 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday OCTOBER 30th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday October 31st, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. LIVESTREAM

Performance for High School Musicians
Monday NOVEMBER 4th, 2019 at  10:00 a.m.

 

Additional opportunity: Instrumental clinic presentations- High School Band musicians from selected schools (totaling up to 150 total students- first come, first served- register with MUC Sesma) can remain at the Coast Guard Academy after the morning concert for instrument-specific sessions with Coast Guard Band members, 11:45 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.  Students hear professional solo/small ensemble presentations by individual members/sections from within the band, and learn ideas and techniques for improving performance and musicianship.  Clinics offered in (depending on attending students/schools): clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, low brass, horn, double reeds, piano, harp and voice.

 

Confirmation for bookings will only be made on the specific date(s) designated for your grade level(s).  Over 200,000 students have attended our school concerts over the past 30 years, and all indications are that this year’s concerts will be as popular as ever. We strongly recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible.

To organize these concerts effectively, we need to know the number of students and chaperones planning to attend, the number of buses scheduled to transport them, the date desired, and your name, school address, phone number, email address and personal cell phone in the case of emergency on the day of the concert. 

If you wish for your students to be among those in attendance, please write, call (860-701-6832), FAX (860-444-8475), or email (Megan.C.Sesma@uscg.mil), the above information to Chief Musician Megan Sesma by October 1st at 9am to schedule your school. Schools will be accepted on a “First come, first served basis”.   A teacher information packet will be emailed by August 27th to attending schools. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Leamy Hall Auditorium next fall.

Sincerely,
MUC Megan Sesma

 

Background/Purpose
The Coast Guard Band School Concerts have become a staple of our annual commitment to educating and entertaining Connecticut students. These concerts are performed several times each spring and are attended by over 7000 students in grades 4-8.  Presented in Leamy Concert Hall at the USCG Academy, these educational and entertaining concerts utilize visual and storytelling elements to help students appreciate music while gaining valuable exposure to the Band and the Coast Guard.