This US Coast Guard Academy Glee Club performance of the singing of the Star Spangled Banner at the 1986 NHL All Star Game….is simply one of the most beautiful renditions of our National Anthem that we have ever heard here at ImaSportsphile.
The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is the service academy of the United States Coast Guard…which was founded in 1876….and located in New London, Connecticut. It is the smallest of the five federal service academies….which provides education to future Coast Guard officers in one of nine major fields of study. Unlike the other service academies, the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination for admission.
Students are officers-in-training and are referred to as cadets….who upon graduation receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as ensigns with a five-year active-duty service obligation….with additional years if the graduate attends flight school or subsequent government-funded graduate school. Out of approximately 250 cadets entering the academy each summer, 200 graduate. Cadets can choose from among nine majors….with a curriculum that is graded according to their performance in a holistic program of academics, physical fitness, character, and leadership.
Cadets are required to adhere to the academy’s “Honor Concept”….which states “Who lives here reveres honor, honors duty.“….which is emblazoned in the halls of the academy’s entrance. The academy’s motto is Scientiæ cedit mare, which is Latin for “the sea yields to knowledge”.
Principal non-athletic activities are musical centered at Leamy Hall…..with the Regimental Band…. Windjammers Drum & Bugle Corps….various pep bands…..and the NiteCaps Jazz Band are instrumental programs….with Chapel Choirs….Glee Club, as seen in this video herewith….the Fairwinds all-female a cappella group….and The Idlers all-male sea shanty group are vocal programs.