Personnel Bio

MUC Sean Nelson
MU1 Sean Nelson

Chief Musician Sean Nelson, trombone, joined the United States Coast Guard Band in 2011 and serves as the Group Leader for both the Guardians Big Band and the Beacons Jazz Ensemble, and plays trombone for the full Coast Guard Band and the Traditional Jazz Band.

In 2023, MUC Nelson served as music director and arranger for the National Christmas Tree Lighting, leading the Guardians Big Band and collaborating with guest musicians including Joe Walsh, Dionne Warwick, and Samara Joy. This program, performed at the White House Ellipse, was broadcast on CBS for over 4 million viewers.

In addition to playing trombone, MUC Nelson serves as the staff arranger for the Coast Guard Band. In 2022, he co-composed the official service song “Semper Supra” for the newest member of America’s Armed Forces, the United States Space Force. It was unveiled by the Chief of Space Operations in Washington, D.C. at the Air Force Association Conference in front of thousands of military and aerospace professionals. In 2016, MUC Nelson composed the official service song "Into the Oceans and the Air" for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps, one of our nation's eight uniformed services.

MUC Nelson resides in Quaker Hill, Connecticut, with his wife Megan and children Lucinda, Giles, McCoy, and Cabell.