There are a few quick things you should know about . First is that the grounds are free, so even if you don't want to tour the visitor's center and fort you can still take in the outer battlements, fishing pier, and a nice view. Second is that there's usually an old-timey baseball game going on during the summer. And finally, you can often find a band playing there.
That's the focus of this week's video pick, uploaded by the YouTube channel for the 102nd Army Band. Although only added to the site recently, this short clip features a performance from their 2011 season. The MC introduces the performance as a jazz set of Jerome Kern's "Old Man River," played at "a little faster pace" than the flow of the Thames River.
The 102nd Army Band is part of the Connecticut Army National Guard and is based in Bristol. According to the latest information on its website, it is commanded by Warrant Officer Christopher Baillargeon with First Sgt. Robert Breen as the conductor. Unfortunately, the calendar lists no public performances for the next year.
As for upcoming music coming up at Fort Trumbull, one opportunity will by the August meeting of the Friends of Fort Trumbull. Rick Spencer will give a program on Civil War music starting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30. And the Coast Guard Band gives a free performance on the grounds at 3 p.m. on Sept. 2 in a Labor Day celebration culminating with the 1812 Overture.