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United States Coast Guard Band

United States Coast Guard Band
Active March 1925–present
Branch United States Coast Guard
Garrison/HQ United States Coast Guard Academy
March Semper Paratus
Captain Kenneth W. Megan
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The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier military band of the United States Coast Guard based in New London, Connecticut. The current director is Captain Kenneth W. Megan.


the U.S. Coast Guard Band's concert ceremonial dress uniform

In March 1925, the Coast Guard Band was organized with the assistance of Lt. Charles Benter, leader of the U.S. Navy Band, Dr. Walter Damrosch, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and "American March King" John Philip Sousa, former director of the U.S. Marine Band.

Forty years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Congressional legislation that resulted in the Coast Guard Band becoming the permanent, official musical representative of the nation's oldest continuous seagoing service, the U.S. Coast Guard. This event established the band as one of the ten premier service bands in the U.S.

The duties of the Coast Guard Band have greatly expanded since 1965. Originally a small command band located at the Academy and used primarily for local purposes, today the band routinely tours throughout the U.S. and has performed in the former Soviet Union as well as in England. The band represents the U.S. Coast Guard around the nation and the world, at presidential functions, and for the Secretary of Homeland Security and other cabinet officials on formal and informal occasions.

According to the Coast Guard, competition for its limited vacancies is fierce, and many new Coast Guardsmen enlisting as musicians are conservatory-trained with degrees from elite institutions including the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory.[1]

In addition to regular Coast Guard uniforms, the Coast Guard Band is authorized wear of special ceremonial dress consisting of navy blouses with banded collars and shoulder boards, and a multi-colored aiguillette. A second distinctive uniform, the "concert ceremonial dress uniform," is patterned in white with blue highlights such as shoulder boards and cuffs.[2]

The Coast Guard Band is headquartered in New London, Connecticut.[3]


Kenneth Alford's Colonel Bogey March, performed by the Coast Guard Band.
The Yellow Rose of Texas, performed by the Coast Guard Band.
Vasily Agapkin's Farewell of Slavianka, performed by the Coast Guard Band.
Turner Layton's After You've Gone, performed by the Coast Guard's Band Dixieland Jazz ensemble.
Lewis J. Buckley's The Tall Ship Eagle, performed by the Coast Guard Band.
Herbert L. Clarke's The Bride of the Waves, performed by the Coast Guard Band.

See also


  1. ^ "Careers". U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Uniform Regulations M1020.6H. U.S. Coast Guard. April 2013. 
  3. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Band

External links

  • Official website
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