Coast Guard Band News


U.S. Coast Guard Band presents 2022-2023 Season Opener

The United States Coast Guard Band is excited to welcome audiences back to Leamy Hall for our 2022-2023 Concert Season! Tickets are required for this event and can be obtained at There is no charge for tickets. Non-ticketed guests may be seated 10 minutes before the concert if seats are available.

CDR Adam Williamson leads the band in rousing performance of George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture”, John Philip Sousa’s “Triumph of Time”, and William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony”. The Band will feature Musician 1st Class Briana Tarby, oboist, in composer Oscar Navarro’s epic and virtuosic oboe concerto entitled “Legacy.”

Please be aware that a portion of Leamy Hall’s primary parking lot is under construction and the main entrance to Leamy Hall is closed. Entry through the building will be through the northeast door by the Dry Dock restaurant.

This concert will be livestreamed at


“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band to Perform in New London, CT on Northeast Tour

NEW LONDON CT—For the first time in five years, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band returns to the Northeast on tour, performing a free 3:00 p.m. concert on Sunday, October 23 at Leamy Concert Hall at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Organizers from The United States Coast Guard Band have helped bring the ensemble from the nation’s capital to New London, Connecticut for this community event.

For full details, please visit Free tickets are available online starting Sunday, September 25 (limit 4 per request), and tickets are required for attendance. Capacity is limited to 525 persons. Seating is general admission.

The 2022 concert tour also marks the return of an American tradition which has been on hold for the past two years due to the global pandemic.

“We are incredibly excited to resume our national concert tour,” Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig said. “Musicians of the band are more eager than ever to share their musical talents with audiences live, and in-person on this Northeast tour.”

Fettig has programmed musical selections in the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891. Concertgoers can expect a mix of works including traditional band repertoire, Sousa marches, contemporary compositions, vocal and instrumental solos and a patriotic
salute to the Armed Forces.

“We have tremendously appreciative patrons who come to Marine Band concerts for all types of different experiences, so our programs are designed to include a great variety of music that mirrors the wonderful diversity in our national musical heritage,” Fettig said.

Since Sousa was first granted permission to tour the country by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has delivered a White House experience from Washington, D.C., to the far-reaching corners of our nation, and these special concerts have been shared
by generations of Americans.

By the end of this year’s 29-day tour, the Marine Band will have covered more than 2,800 miles around the Northeast, performing in 27 different cities in 10 states, with concerts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.