Young Artist Competition winner plays with Coast Guard Band

Let's face it: artist competitions for classical instrumentalists tend to boast violinists. Lots and lots of violinists.

Not, however, when it comes to the victor of the Coast Guard Band's 2013 Young Artist Competition.

Behold the bassoon!

Bassoonist Jesse Gardner won that contest and will perform Sunday with the Coast Guard Band. The Groton resident, who is a Fitch High School senior, has studied bassoon for five years - and he plays the saxophone, too. He has performed with such disparate groups as the Connecticut College Jazz Ensemble and the jam band The Feels. For the past four years, he's been part of the Connecticut All-State Jazz Band and at the CMEA Eastern Region and All-State ensembles.

He will be featured in Sunday's concert in the Allegro from Mozart's "Concerto for Bassoon, Op. 96."

The program will also include Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," Dana Wilson's "Vortex," and Prokofiev's "March Opus 99."


Coast Guard Band, 2 p.m. Sunday, Leamy Concert Hall, Coast Guard Academy, Mohegan Avenue, New London; free; (860) 701-6826.


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