Wednesday, December 19, 2012

PACAF band visits Okinawa, carols for community

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.

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