USCG Guardians Big Band to perform at COA Performing Arts Center

Published 7:50 am Monday, February 27, 2023

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As part of the Official Coast Guard Marathon Weekend Event, Visit Elizabeth City, USCG Base Elizabeth City MWR and College of The Albemarle (COA) have announced The United States Coast Guard Guardians Big Band will provide a free concert at COA – Elizabeth City. The concert will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, located at 1208 N. Road Street.

The concert is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.

According to information shared by The United States Coast Guard Band, The United States Coast Guard Band is proud to present this free concert by the Guardians Big Band, a 16-piece jazz orchestra formed from members of the larger 55-piece U.S. Coast Guard Band, the official musical representative of the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Under the direction of Coast Guard Band trombonist chief musician Sean Nelson, the Guardians Big Band brings the infectious joy and spirit of America’s original art form through the sounds of swing, jazz, improvised solos and classics from the Great American Songbook. This concert will feature music made famous by the likes of Harry James, Maynard Ferguson and others including Mary Lou Williams, whose legacy as a composer and arranger touched the careers of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Selections include “Flying Home,” “Blues for Kapp,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Mambo Inn,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “The Peacocks” and many more.

The Coast Guard Band’s featured recordings, archived content, live recordings and live-streamed concerts are available via YouTube by searching “United States Coast Guard Band” and subscribing. Livestream events can be accessed through a link on the Coast Guard Band’s Facebook page, which is also active with updates and video performances from its talented musicians. The Coast Guard Band maintains an active Instagram account which can be followed at @uscoastguardband. For more information on the United States Coast Guard Band, visit

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has also partnered with Visit Elizabeth City to provide this opportunity in support of the U.S. Coast Guard Marathon Weekend.

Reserve seats for this concert by going to Concessions will be available for purchase in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

For U.S. Coast Guard Band information, contact MU1 Joel Baroody at 860-701-6826 or

For all other information, contact Tammy W. Sawyer, COA director of communications and marketing, at or 252-335-0821 ext. 2420.