Tony Agresta, second from right, plays the trumpet with a band. Photo courtesy of the Agresta family.

A big band coastie and his Italian prisoners go to town in WWII

This is a story of a young seaman during WWII who befriended POWs over Betty Gable movies, played trumpet in the United States Coast Guard orchestra band in Charleston, South Carolina, and spent his later years performing with the likes of Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey. It’s not a story well-known, but a story worth knowing.


Shipmate of the Week – AUX Paul Deafenbaugh

It’s just 24 notes; not a full composition or even a song. It’s merely a bugle call. But this bugle call does more than move mountains; it moves souls.

This 24-note bugle call, known as taps, is part of military funeral honors for those who have faithfully defended our country in war and peace. In this ceremonial paying of respects, perhaps no one else in the Coast Guard best understands taps’ power than Auxliarist Paul Deafenbaugh, the bugler for the U. S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard.

A chance to hear the music

I will admit it, I am a complete music snob. That being said, last night I got to hear the Coast Guard Band when they played at the Coast Guard Foundation dinner in Washington DC. As I was sitting there […]

Great opportunity to see the Coast Guard band

“A Salute to America’s Veterans, Past and Present”- The Coast Guard band is going to be playing at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University in Washington, DC tomorrow (June 19th) at 7:30 p.m. More information here.