A video is making the rounds of the United States Air Force Band surprising visitors at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington last week with a flash mob performance of holiday music. Come to find out that a Kansas native was behind the brief yet joyous concert – the band’s first holiday flash mob.
More than 1 million people have watched the video on YouTube. The nearly six-minute performance began with a solo cellist before 120 musicians and singers joined him.
WIBW in Topeka
reports that the band’s producer, Chief Master Sgt. Jebodiah Eaton – a native of Hutchinson, Kan. – created the flash mob.
Eaton, a 1990 graduate of Hutchinson High School, attended the University of Kansas before joining the Air Force in 1999, the TV station reports.
A blog posting onthe band’s website
tells the backstory, noting that it is rare that a “large majority” of the members of the band are gathered in one place.
“Some musicians are excited, some are leery – everyone wonders if the Band can pull this off,” the post notes.
It explains: “A man walks to the center of the museum carrying just one chair and places it in an open area. Nobody seems to notice. Suddenly, one cellist removes a civilian coat to reveal his ceremonial uniform. He sits down and begins to play ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.’
“The cellist is joined shortly by the Band’s commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang, as well as a bassist and a handful of winds and strings who are each presented with their instrument by a member of the United States Air Force Honor Guard.
“The small group slowly turns into a mass of airmen musicians, each adding a new texture to the tune. From the balcony, two solo voices begin to float out over the crowds. They are joined by a host of singers lining the balcony railing.”
Nearly 1,300 people have left comments about the performance on YouTube, many like this one: “How cool is this?”