The Coast Guard Band, seen here, plays as a 55-member ensemble. The band will be traveling through Juneau and Anchorage in April as part of their “Ready for the Call” tour. (Courtesy Photo / U.S. Coast Guard)

The Coast Guard Band, seen here, plays as a 55-member ensemble. The band will be traveling through Juneau and Anchorage in April as part of their “Ready for the Call” tour. (Courtesy Photo / U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard band comes to the Last Frontier

“Ready for the Call” tour in Juneau and Anchorage in April.

The U.S. Coast Guard Band is coming to a high school near you, assuming you live in Juneau or Anchorage.

At 7 p.m. on April 22, the band will be performing at Thunder Mountain High School before traveling to Anchorage on April 24 for another performance at Chugiak High School. The two performances are part of the band’s Alaska tour titled “Ready for the Call” and both performances are free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained from us-coast-guard-band. Ticketleap.com, according to a news release announcing the concerts.

Band director Commander Adam R. Williamson leads the 55-member ensemble through selections by film composer John Williams, John Philips Sousa marches and other classical and patriotic fare.

Based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, this trip marks the band’s first time traveling within the Southeast Alaska region other than for official ceremonies.

According to the news release, the United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. In 2008, it became the first premier American military band to do a concert tour in Japan.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be supporting the Coast Guard Band at these events by greeting the community, passing out programs and serving as ushers, as well as having a display setup with recruiting material, boating safety material and other information.

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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