U. S Coast Guard Band March 14 Performance Cancelled
The Ford Center regrets to announce that the Coast Guard has cancelled the US Coast Guard Band’s March 14th performance at the Ford Center.
On Friday, March 1, the Coast Guard issued the following statement.
“We deeply regret that the Coast Guard has cancelled the US Coast Guard Band’s tour of the South, to have occurred March 6-15, 2013. It was not an easy decision. We further regret that the tour was cancelled so close to its start. The final decision was delayed until today under the hope that the sequester might have been avoided.
The budget reductions required under sequestration will have impacts across all Coast Guard mission areas. In this difficult budget climate the service’s primary objective is to preserve our ability to meet the highest-priority mission activities, including search and rescue, critical security operations, and emergency response. “
The Ford Center remains committed supporting U.S. military bands and to presenting performances by them in the future.
The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member 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. The Band also has a rich history of performing internationally.
The Coast Guard Band frequently appears in Washington, DC, at presidential and cabinet level functions on formal and informal occasions. Historic events include National Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies, the American Bicentennial Celebration with President Gerald Ford, World War II Fiftieth Anniversary events in England, and Inaugural celebrations for every President since Herbert Hoover.
To listen go to the U.S. Coast Guard Band web site.