"The Beacon" Summer 2018 Edition
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NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sunday, September 2, at 1 p.m. at Fort Trumbull State Park, the Coast Guard Band and director, Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson presents a free concert filled with rousing marches, familiar concert pieces, beautiful arias, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”
The program includes Strauss’s “Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare,” Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” and an assortment of marches by John Philip Sousa and others. Soprano, Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget performs a variety of arias by Puccini, Rossini, and Donizetti. Now and established tradition, the performance culminates with Tchaikovsky’s bombastic “1812 Overture” with canon fire provided by The Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island. Join the Coast Guard Band as it commemorates the close of summer at Fort Trumbull State Park.
On Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in Leamy Concert Hall, Chief Warrant Officer Richard Wyman takes the podium for his final performance as assistant director of the Coast Guard Band. The program is entitled “Sea Songs” and features music by Mason Bates, Joseph Schwantner, Gustav Holst, and a performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” by pianist, Musician 1st Class Robert Langslet.
The concert opens with “The Awakening Hour” by Joseph Schwantner, and Gustav Holst’s inspiring work for band, “Hammersmith.” Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget sings “Victorian Ballads” by Chief Musician Sean Nelson. Mason Bates’ mesmerizing “Sea Blue Circuitry” is followed by “Four Sea Interludes” from the opera “Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten. Finally, Musician 1st Class Robert Langslet performs Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
This ambitious program is the culmination of Chief Warrant Officer Richard Wyman’s career with the U.S. Coast Guard. He has been assistant director of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2004, regularly conducting throughout the United States and abroad, including the Band’s historic 2008 Japan and 2011 Taiwan tours. He has appeared as conductor for joint military band performances in Hawaii and Norfolk, Virginia, and regularly leads the Coast Guard Band at ceremonies, including Department of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Academy events. He leads the Band’s educational initiatives, designing, hosting, and conducting innovative educational concerts for over 6000 students annually. As the Band’s producer of recording projects, he has led over eight compact disc releases.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Leamy Concert Hall is located at 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320 and is accessible to those with disabilities. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more on the Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band, “like” us on Facebook, or call the Concert Information Line at (860) 701-6826.
On Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in Leamy Concert Hall, the Guardians Big Band welcomes legendary saxophonist “Blue” Lou Marini. This will be an afternoon to remember as Mr. Marini performs some of his most recognizable jazz, blues, and rock tunes including “Hip Pickles,” “Shotgun Blues,” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”
Lou Marini’s remarkable career has spanned several decades and has included membership in Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Saturday Night Live Band, Woody Herman Orchestra, The Band, Magic City Jazz Orchestra, James Taylor’s Band of Legends, and The Original Blues Brothers Band among others. He has recorded with Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Sting, and Steely Dan to name just a few. His character in the 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers,” earned him the nickname “Blue Lou,” bestowed by Dan Akroyd, and he continues to tour extensively with the ever-popular Blues Brothers Band. The Guardians Big Band is proud to feature such an influential artist and cultural icon.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Leamy Concert Hall is located at 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320 and is accessible to those with disabilities. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID.
MU1 Joe D'Aleo was selected as the Enlisted Person of the Quarter for the United States Coast Guard Academy in October 2017. He was recognized for his musical accolades, leadership in the Coast Guard Enlisted Association, and multiple honors as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard pistol team. MU1 D'Aleo is pictured with RADM James E. Rendon, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Musician 1st Class Laura Pirruccello was awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for her outstanding musicianship and featured solo playing in the Coast Guard Band, as well as her over 400 hours of community service. RADM James E. Rendon, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, is pictured here presenting the award in the Henriques Room in Hamilton Hall.