Airmen express their passion with off-duty vibes

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty
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A soundboard sits in a rehearsal room as Airmen assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing practice during their free time, June 2 in Las Vegas. The five-man group consists of two guitarists, drummer, saxophonist and vocalist.

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Music is a powerful communication tool that allows people to laugh, cry, think and question the things around them.  In order for music to invoke such a meaningful response, it takes talent, dedication and time from the artist.

Five Airmen assigned to various career fields across the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing came together with one goal in mind … to influence those around them through music. The Airmen formed a band consisting of two guitarists, a drummer, a saxophonist and a vocalist.

Although they have been playing together for roughly a year, the name for the group is still undecided. Yet the band credits its creation to Tech. Sgt. James, 78th Attack Squadron Intelligence Formalized Training Unit NCO in-charge for bringing everyone together.

“I heard someone say Senior Airman Dylan played the drums, then I saw Senior Airman Kalai on Facebook shredding on the guitar,” said James. “I asked if they wanted to get together sometime and jam. The first time we got together we played three to five songs we all knew.”

Bringing a collection of unique talents together to express themselves musically was not the only reason James formed the band.  The band member’s passion to make one melody with others was overwhelming.

Tech. Sgt. James, 78th Attack Squadron Intelligence Formalized Training Unit NCO in-charge, sings during a band rehearsal, June 2 in Las Vegas. James is part of a five-man band. The band often practices and performs for events and ceremonies hosted by Airmen and the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing.

“Everybody here loves music,” said James. “We all share the same passion for music. It is such a creative outlet for us, just another way to express yourself and let some steam off.”

Letting off steam enables the band to play music from a range from top hits, rock, and alternative. It has even had positive effect on their military lives and improved resiliency.

 “I love how talented everyone is,” said Airman 1st Class Erisa, 15th ATKS sensor operator. “It’s something special to share your passion with people who are just as equally talented as you are, everyone is in the military and we understand each other when it comes to daily stressors and schedule stuff.”

The group often performs at military ceremonies and events. While the musicians try to schedule practice times that everyone can attend, this has occasionally proved difficult due to shift work so the band developed an innovative solution.  

“All members of the group practice on their own so when we get the opportunity to practice collectively the chemistry isn’t lost,” said James.
The group doesn’t have plans of getting big or attempting to get record deals, for now it’s just about having fun.

“I just love to play music, it’s liberating. Most people played an instrument growing up. Many lost touch with their talent due to military operations tempo. However, it was never forgotten. Being able to practice and play again for the Airmen of Creech gives a feeling of satisfaction like no other,” said James.
 

Senior Airman Dylan, 42nd Attack Squadron sensor operator, plays the drums during his free time as part of a five-man band. The band often plays for other Airmen assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during military ceremonies and events.

 

Tech. Sgt. James, 78th Attack Squadron, Intelligence Formalized Training Unit NCO in-charge, plays the guitar during a band rehearsal, June 2 in Las Vegas. James is part of a five-man group consisting of two guitarists, drummer, saxophonist and vocalist. The band often plays music at military ceremonies and events hosted for other Airmen assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing.

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