Air Force Band rocks the stage

On September 24, MAST Academy welcomed the United States Air Force Academy Blue Steel Band for two high-energy afternoon performances.

During the concert, the band played a series of hit songs that are often heard on the radio, beginning with WALK THE MOON’s “Shut Up and Dance,” Avicii’s “Wake Me up,” and Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin’.”

As the band played each song, students sang along and danced in their seats.

Halfway through the performance, the band played their rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

As the song neared its end, the band’s saxophonist came down from the stage and selected two lucky girls (seniors Olivia Zaiac and Mia Fenice in the first and second concert respectively) from the audience for a quick dance in front of the stage.

Then, the band took a break from the music to introduce the five members of the Blue Steel band. Each of them hail from different parts of the country but came to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with a common goal.

“We love our country. We are here to represent our country. We are here to fight for country,” one of the band’s vocalists proudly exclaimed before singing Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.”

As the song progressed, audience members began to shine their cellphone flashlight in support of the United States Air Force.

This gesture by the audience highlights the purpose of the Blue Steel band: to spread the values of the United States Air Force Academy to the community.

In fact, the Blue Steel Band’s visit to MAST Academy was part of a series of concerts in South Florida high schools to promote the United States Air Force Academy’s forum in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, September 28, where high school students could have come to learn more about the United States Air Force Academy.

As the concert neared it’s end, the audience roared with applause. It was clear that students found the Blue Steel Band’s performance to be a fun and energizing way to end a long day.