April 14, 2023
The Long Blue Line: The selling of the Coast Guard service song “Semper Paratus”
[Editor’s note: This essay is reprised from the December 2015 issue of the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Bulletin. Our thanks to the Alumni Association for permission to republish Cmdr. Pecora’s essay and imagery.]The director steps to the podium and firmly taps his baton, bringing the military band to attention in the recording studio.