Starting with a single cellist on the floor of the National Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” gallery, and swelling to 120 musicians, The U.S. Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors with its first-ever flash mob. The four-minute performance featured an original arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring/Joy to the World,” led by the band’s commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang. Unsuspecting museum visitors including tourists and school groups were astonished as instrumentalists streamed into the gallery from behind airplanes and space capsules, and vocalists burst into song from the Museum’s second floor balcony.
The United States Air Force Band
wanted to bring some holiday cheer to visitors at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Starting with a single cellist, more and more musicians joined in on the festive flash mob, swelling to a total of 120 band members performing a four-minute arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring/Joy to the World.”
One can only imagine what it must have been like to witness this beautiful moment in person! Not only was that a great holiday surprise, it was also a breathtaking performance by an incredibly talented group of airmen and women.
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