In the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, a lone musician walks through the crowd, turning heads. Children gather to listen and watch better, which is made easier as it's revealed she's not alone. This brave soldier isn't surrounded by an enemy – she's surrounded by her bandmates!
The United States Air Force Band devised a clever way to surprise museum-goers during the holiday season. The band practiced for weeks until the day of the big performance finally rolled around. It was time to show these proud Americans a little Christmas spirit.
We're so glad they decided to share footage of their heartwarming holiday surprise online. What a great way to get into a festive mood!
Unbeknownst to the Smithsonian patrons, The United States Air Force Band set up a Holiday Flash Mob for the entertainment of all. They began by playing "What Child Is This?" which is also known as "Greensleeves." No one besides the band knew what was happening at first – but as the sweet sound of their music filled the hall, the reality of their flash mob set in.
Onlookers stopped right away to take in their breathtaking performance. This was a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and they got to experience it in real life!
The band gathered on the ground floor and a choir formed on one of the balconies above them. The crowd slowly inched closer in to better take in their music. According to the official United States Air Force Band website, performances like this are commonplace for the group:
"The Band performs in all types of settings, from the finest concert halls to other venues such as school or civic auditoriums, outdoor festivals, parades, gymnasiums and field houses. On occasion, units of the Band even deploy around the world to entertain American troops who are serving overseas to defend our nation's security..."
"Through our concert series - Guest Artist Series, Jazz Heritage Series, Chamber Players Series and Summer Concert Series - the Band entertains audiences of all ages in the Washington, D.C. region. On community relations tours throughout the country, the Band performs in major metropolitan regions as well as small communities.
The Band is in great demand to perform at educational conferences such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, College Band Directors National Association, Jazz Educators Network convention and the American Choral Directors Association."
From one corner of the globe to the other, the United States Air Force Band is revered for its precision, talent and uniquely fun flair.
It's easy to see these attributes during their impromptu Smithsonian performance. The second song they share is "Carol of the Bells." They reform their set-up as more musicians join for an even stronger sound. These brave, talented men and women brought some extra holiday magic to everyone enjoying the museum, which is especially seen in the delight on the children's faces.