by Staff Sgt. Alesia D. Goosic
18th Wing Public Affairs
12/19/2012 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members
of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia from Yokota Air
Base, Japan, visited Okinawa and performed Christmas carols for members
of Kadena Air Base and the local community, Dec. 13-14.
The five-Airman ensemble, known as Pacific Clave, is just one part of
the USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia that specializes in "world music."
Their sound varies between popular genres including salsa, jazz, Latin
jazz, pop, ballads, ethnic and more.
Pacific Clave brought the sounds of Christmas to hundreds of people of
all ages. They visited two elementary schools, the military personnel
section and the medical clinic on Kadena Air Base. Off base, they
performed for an elderly home, a pediatric development center and a
popular entertainment and shopping complex in the local community known
as American Village.
Air Force bands provide the power of music to bridge language, cultural,
societal and socio-economic differences and inspire immediate, positive
and long-lasting impressions of the U.S. Air Force and the United
States in the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.