PACAF band rocks out with Osan Middle

by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Stripes Korea

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Members of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific Trends, performed for Osan Middle High School students and staff on May 7, 2018.

The purpose of the concert was to provide the students with some end of day entertainment and potentially motivate someone into taking up an instrument or use music as an outlet.

“We love it,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Frandsen, USAF Band of the Pacific Trends bass player. “We’ve done this in Japan a few times and now at some of the Korean schools. It’s been a lot of fun to play for the students, so we are hoping to just come here and have these kids enjoy a little bit of music at the end of the day.”

The band is based in Japan, but recently began playing at venues in Korea. The concert’s set included solos from the various band members and their instruments, as well as American songs from today’s pop culture and classic rock from the 1980s.

“I enjoyed the concert,” said Jermone Learman, Osan Middle High School physical education teacher. “Growing up, I was in band in middle and high school and I think it’s a good chance for students to see what opportunities are out there. Hopefully, the band’s visit might even inspire one person to take up music, and I think that would be a great thing.”

Osan Middle High School was the last stop in the band’s Korea tour. They visited various locations around the peninsula including the American Center Korea, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, the Dongtan Street Festival and the Pocheon Art Festival.

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