Washington, D.C. --
This March, the U.S. Air Force Band is excited to introduce our new online music video series, entitled "On the Fly." Comprised of short, live-recorded music segments from small groups of musicians throughout the band, “On the Fly” aims to deliver a bit of the concert experience to viewers at home.
"Using NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series as a template, ‘On the Fly’ is filmed entirely in-house at our facility on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, featuring moments of our daily rehearsal process, thereby providing an exciting spontaneity to the product that we really believe our audience will enjoy,” said Master Sgt. Emily Wellington, producer of the series.
“We are continually working to explore new ways of showcasing the capabilities of our Airmen Musicians, whose job it is to inspire American citizens, honor our servicemen and women, and impact our global community every day. These short video products will reach thousands who may have never been to see an Air Force Band concert. Our hope is that they find the material fun and compelling, and feel more positively associated with our military.”
The first release features Max Impact, with TSgt Nalani Quintello singing a cover of Stevie Wonder’s classic hit “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing.” Planned releases in the coming months will feature members of the Airmen of Note and the Concert Band. The series will be promoted on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as the United States Air Force Band homepage.
“Diversity is a key component of this series,” said Sgt. Wellington. “We want to showcase the incredible variety of musical products we are capable of delivering. Hopefully ‘On the Fly’ will have something for everybody to enjoy.”
Using music to bridge language, cultural, societal and socio-economic differences, the Band's performances advance international relationships and inspire positive, long-lasting impressions of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America. The excellence demonstrated by our Airmen Musicians is a reflection of the excellence carried out 24 hours a day by Airmen stationed around the globe. These professionals are proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifice ensure the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens.
Watch our first “On The Fly” segment here: