NEW LONDON, Conn. - The United States Coast Guard Band presents a pair of free concerts to ring in the holidays, Dec. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. in Leamy Concert Hall. The festive afternoon program is oriented toward children and families, while the evening concert includes holiday hits, seasonal favorites, and features soprano soloist, Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget.

The matinee performance is comprised of joyful holiday music to include “Troika” from Lieutenant Kije, Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys,” and Randol Bass’ “The Night Before Christmas” with narration by Kenneth Megan (USCG, Ret.) Steve Reisteter’s “Eighth Candle” is followed by Tchaikovsky’s moving “Pas de Deux” from the Nutcracker and Edwin Goldman’s “Christmas March.” Finally, in keeping with tradition, the children of Band members take the stage to enhance Leroy Anderson’s perennial holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.”

The evening performance features the artistry of soprano soloist Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget performing heartwarming holiday favorites. The program includes: “Deck the Halls,” “Un Flambeau, Jeannette Isabelle,” “Maria Wiegenlied,” “My Favorite Things,” “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and other sounds of the season. Join the Coast Guard Band as we usher in the Holiday Season from Leamy Concert Hall!

This event is free and open to the public. Leamy Concert Hall is located at 15 Mohegan Ave. in New London, and is accessible to those with disabilities. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more information on your United States Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band, “like” us on Facebook, or call the Concert Information Line at (860) 701-6826.

Connecticut Media Group