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Coast Guard Band moves its audience with patriotic tunes

A member of the tuba section and fellow members of the U.S. Coast Guard Band perform Sept. 4, 2017, during their

Band members include graduates of top music schools and former world-class orchestra and symphony musicians. After their service, musicians continue to add to the regional arts community.

Like New London itself, music scene is diverse

Krystalya Arroyo-Casey and Demarcus Green in ArtFlame’s studio on Feb. 15. (Madison Gardner, Special to The Day)

Andrew “Suave-Ski” Camacho founded the nonprofit ArtFlame Music Academy in 2021 to provide a crash-course program for youths with a passion for music and the drive to capitalize from it.

Not just for fun, music has a philanthropic side

Corey Williams, general manager at Spindrift Guitars in New London, changes the strings on a customer's guitar. Spindrift donates a free guitar to be auctioned off for the Pass The Guitar event.  (John Leahy/Special to The Day)

Many musicians in the New London area often donate their talents in pursuit of a greater good.

Sound On The Sound: The philanthropic power of music

Over the last eight years, the annual "Pass the Guitar" event benefiting the New London Homeless Hospitality Center has raised close to $24,000.

Sound On The Sound: How one New London artist celebrates culture and identity through music

UConn's Gladi Suero talked to Queer Afro-Indigenous artist and community organizer Erycka Ortiz about her musical journey in New London, how she found a supportive fanbase and how she centers her art on celebrating her identity.

Music celebrates culture at New London festivals

Steve Marien, center, and the jazz group Latin Essence, from back left, Eric German, Miguel Rios Jr., Ben Velazquez, Rufus

At events throughout the year, the sounds represent the broad spectrum of this culturally, ethnically and racially diverse city.

Concerts draw people to New London's restaurants, businesses

The Funktion band plays at The Social Bar + Kitchen at 208 Bank St. in New London on Thursday, March 10, 2022, with Jon Thomas on keyboard, Evan Lattanzi on bass, Jacob Graham on drums and Noah Feldman on guitar. Guest performer Chris Connelly also was on guitar.  (Corina Wallenta/Special to The Day)

Music and food are on the menu in the city's downtown.

Sound On The Sound: Musicians test the waters in the New London restaurant scene

Restaurants and bars are pivotal in the New London music scene. The pandemic has forced some to close while others have had to reinvent but they are still a place for musicians to test the waters.

Live music scene unites a city


From churches to clubs to the Garde Arts Center, various genres can be enjoyed in New London.

Sound On The Sound: The nautical origins of music in New London

Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, Mohegan Tribe Medicine Woman and tribal historian, and Steve Manuel, executive director of the New London County Historical Society, talk about how the surrounding waterways have influenced music in New London.

About this series

Under the direction of instructors Gail B. MacDonald, a UConn professor in residence and former Day reporter, and Carlos Virgen, The Day's assistant managing editor for audience development, UConn journalism students worked all semester crafting stories in text, audio and photographs that strive to tell parts of the overarching tale of music in New London. They spoke to musicians, business people, city and regional officials, educators and others to inform their work. These stories will be published in The Day and on

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