Coast Guard Band Presents A Salute to America’s Veterans, Past and Present

NEW LONDON, CONN.—The U.S. Coast Guard Band, the premier band of the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security, presents a unique performance at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Band salutes those who have served our nation with a concert presented in an innovative format, with small and large ensembles placed throughout the hall.

From a small fife and drum group to the full contingent of the Coast Guard Band, from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts, the Band presents music spanning our nation’s history in battle.

Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” written for those who fought in World War II, opens the concert dramatically with members of the brass section placed throughout the hall while percussionists play from the stage.Robert Jager wrote “The Wall” in homage to those with whom he served in the Vietnam War; images of the Vietnam Memorial accompany the tone poem. “Liberty for All,” written by James Beckel, incorporates narrated passages from Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. The “American Civil War Fantasy” includes the stirring “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” with the versatile and talented Musician 1st Class Lisa Williamson as soprano soloist. Film highlights of the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Katrina are screened with a live soundtrack of “God Bless the USA.” The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band and the Masters of Swing play medleys from the First and Second World War eras.

The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Lisner Auditorium is located on the campus of The George Washington University at 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052.

For more information on Lisner Auditorium, visit www.lisner.org. The Coast Guard Band’s concert information line is (860) 701-6826; the web address is www.uscg.mil/band.

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