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Check out how the museum's visitors try to figure out why they are becoming surrounded by beauty.


AF Band’s Bachian Christmas Air & Space Museum flash mob

Check out how the museum’s visitors try to figure out why they are becoming surrounded by beauty.

It is an amazing juxtipostion of  Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,”  better known as the Christmas carol “Joy to the World,” a celebration of the birth of the Savior and the machines Man has crafted to explore the heavens at Washington’s National Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” gallery.

Led by the band’s commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang, the performance begins with a single airman and sitting with his cello, and then builds, swelling to 120 musicians–and then fold in the singers.

The orchestra flash mob is one of the Internet’s hot trends, but it is still surprising that a military band would plug in to the fad so naturally.

This is the Air Force Band’s first-ever flash mob.

Good chance it will not be the last.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Unsuspecting museum visitors including tourists and school groups were astonished as instrumentalists streamed into the gallery from behind airplanes and space capsules, and vocalists burst into song from the Museum’s second floor balcony.


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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.