HARTFORD and NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) – After a petition backed by both of Connecticut’s Senators, the Coast Guard Band will remain at the Coast Guard Academy in New London.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a provision written by Senator Chris Murphy to prohibit the relocation of the U.S. Coast Guard Band to Washington, D.C.
In September of last year, Vice Admiral Charles D. Michel, the Coast Guard’s 30th Vice Commandant, had assembled a working group to explore the costs and logistics of moving the band the Washington. The 55-member Coast Guard Band has called New London home for more than 90 years.
In October, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal issued a letter to Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, petitioning for the Coast Guard Band to remain where it is.
“Moving the Coast Guard band from New London to DC never made sense,” said Murphy. “Since its founding, the band has called New London home. Today marks an important step in our effort to make sure it stays this way.”
The Coast Guard, which has one band, is the only branch of the Armed Forces without a band in Washington. Murphy’s provision was included in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which the committee passed today. Murphy is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.