The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Band, aka “The Commodore’s Own,” will hold a free outdoor concert at the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell in Port Washington, New York on Friday, August 30, starting at 8:00 p.m. The concert will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Auxiliary. Attendees are urged to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the concert. The concert duration will be approximately 1.5 hours. The concert will also be stream live on the shell’s Facebook page.

The Commodore’s Own made its debut in 2007 and participates in local parades, marine festivals, and ceremonial events supporting the Coast Guard, veterans and other service branches year round in the tri-state area. It has performed at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and has marched in numerous Manhattan 5th Avenue parades with the Coast Guard. The Band has received the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation ribbon for its support of Coast Guard and Auxiliary esprit de corps. The band operates year-round and rehearses most Tuesday evenings in Northport, New York. Musicians interested in joining can email the band at uscgaband@gmail.com or visit the Band’s Facebook page (US Coast Guard Auxiliary Band Flotilla 22-7).

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the uniformed civilian, volunteer Component of Team Coast Guard assists the active duty Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and law enforcement. Auxiliarists can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941. Its approximately 24,000 active members contribute millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.