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The Music-Driven Life: An Exploration of the 'Life-Long' Learner Phenomenon

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  • Lieutenant Adam Williamson and The Coast Guard Band are joined by special guests as they endeavor to illustrate that, regardless of musical skill, education, and experience, a lifelong dedication to the pursuit of excellence remains essential to the artistic spirit and health of the music community. In a conducting clinic platform, with the help of ‘master-conductor(s),' LCDR Williamson and The Coast Guard Band explore how and why musicians of diverse backgrounds, from 1st year teachers to experienced professionals, maintain the passion and drive to continually strive for excellence.
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  • Lieutenant Commander Adam R. Williamson has served as the 7th director of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2013. Under LCDR Williamson's direction, the Coast Guard Band has performed concerts and supported official Coast Guard functions at every corner of the continental United States, playing for Congressmen, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard Commandant, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. LCDR Williamson's leadership philosophy to "Encourage, Enable, Support, Reflect" has further tapped into the creative ideas of the Band musicians, generating new ensembles, such as the Guardians Big Band, and developing new performance platforms, such as the Coast Guard Chamber Concert Series. His efforts to create and strengthen local and regional partnerships have created numerous performance opportunities for the Coast Guard Band and Coast Guard Band small groups, and further developed the Band's Community Outreach Initiative, performing educational concerts and recitals for thousands of school students in Connecticut and Washington DC. LCDR Williamson earned a Bachelor of Music in music education and saxophone performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 2001, and began graduate work at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the University of Hartford's Hartt School. His wife, Lisa, the former Coast Guard Band vocalist, has an active career as an in-demand lyric soprano, taking her across the globe. Chief Warrant Officer Richard E. Wyman is the Assistant Director of the United States Coast Guard Band, regularly conducting throughout the United States and abroad, including the Band’s historic 2008 Japan and 2011 Taiwan tours. He leads the Band’s educational initiatives, designing, hosting, and conducting its innovative "Young People's" concerts for over 6000 students annually. Wyman also created and continues to lead a program presenting interactive chamber music assemblies in schools, reaching 50,000 elementary students since 2000. He has served as the Band’s producer for eight CG Band CDs and two White House “Pageant of Peace” PBS specials. Wyman enjoys connecting people with art music in creative and innovative ways. He leads Coast Guard Band musicians in chamber music concerts throughout the Northeast that highlight noteworthy repertoire in a variety of interesting programs and presentation formats. Wyman also enjoys working with student musicians, regularly appearing as clinician and guest conductor with a variety of school and honor festival ensembles. He has done extensive scholarly work on American composer John Adams, published on John Williams in Volume 10 (and Steve Danyew in the forthcoming Volume 11) of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, and maintains memberships in the Conductors Guild, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His previous work as a saxophonist and chamber musician earned two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, four performance visits to the White House, an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and employment at Disneyworld, Busch Gardens, and with assorted jazz and salsa bands. Wyman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Saxophone and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. His primary conducting teachers have been Jeffrey Renshaw and Frank Battisti.