Coast Guard Band to bid farewell to director Capt. Kenneth W. Megan with free concert

Coast Guard Academy News
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Band will hold a special concert to honor departing director Capt. Kenneth W. Megan Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at 2 p.m in Leamy Concert Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The band will be augmented by many former members for Capt. Megan’s final concert, where the baton will be passed to the new director, Lt. Cmdr. Adam Williamson.

This diverse program features some of Capt. Megan’s favorite pieces and performers from his storied career in the Coast Guard. Former soprano soloist Lisa Williamson returns for “Mellow Sounds of the Radio Era,” while retired clarinetist Dan Lukens is featured in George Gershwin’s unforgettable tune, “Walk the Dog.”

During the first half of the concert, incoming director Lt. Cmdr. Adam Williamson will lead the Band in “Autumn Dream” by Archibald Joyce and Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Jesters.” Capt. Megan will narrate the American classic, “Casey at the Bat” by Steve Reineke relinquishing the podium to former director, Capt. Lewis Buckley (Ret.). Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Langslet, piano, and soprano soloist Petty Officer 1st Class Megan Weikleenget will enjoy the spotlight during George Gershwin’s “Catfish Row.” The concert will conclude with the first movement of “American Journey” by John Williams. The gathering of old friends and the celebration of new faces make for a fitting tribute to Capt. Megan’s wonderful career with the U.S. Coast Guard Band.

This event is free and open to the public. Leamy Concert Hall is located at 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, Conn., 06320 and is accessible to the handicapped.

Capt. Megan’s official retirement ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy All Hands Club.

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