News: U.S. Air Force makes Max Impact at Jamboree
Story by Airman 1st Class Rochelle Sollars
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders smiled and raised their hands as U.S. Air Force’s band, Max Impact, rocked the 2010 National Scout Jamboree with an hour long performance July 26.
According to the band’s Web site, www.usafband.af.mil, the band is equipped with four of the Air Force's most dynamic vocalists and supported by a hard-hitting five-piece rhythm section. This high-energy band has everything needed to ignite a party and keep the flame burning for hours.
The Air Force members of the band present were: Master Sgt. Dennis Hoffmann, drummer, Master Sgt. Ryan Carson, vocalist, Master Sgt. Matthew Ascione, guitarist, Master Sgt. Shani Prewitt, vocalist, Tech. Sgt. David Foster, bass guitarist, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Geist, guitarist, and Tech. Sgt. Chad Randolph, audio engineer.
The key to Max Impact's success is its ability to entertain the young as well as the young at heart, and they did just that.
“This is a great opportunity for us. It’s a chance for [the Boy Scouts] to see [the Air Force] in a different light,” said Carson, U.S. Air Force Band assistant manager and director of public affairs. “They’re probably not used to associating bands with the Air Force and I’m excited to see how they react.”
The band is one of a long list of military performing groups that the Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree arranged to entertain the Scouts over the 10-day long Jamboree. All five branches of the Department of Defense are represented in the entertainment. Other performers include the 78th Army Band Checkmate and the Navy Band Cruisers, the Marine Band Free Country, and the US Coast Guard Dixieland Band.
According to their Web site, Max Impact fuses the elements of contemporary music from today's hip-hop, pop and urban sounds and everything in between.
“We do everything from originals that we’ve written within the band to what’s currently on the radio right now,” said Carson.
This was the band’s first performance at a National Scout Jamboree and they’re glad it could be for the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
“I think [the Jamboree] is a great opportunity to support the Boy Scouts,” said Hoffmann, U.S. Air Force Band manager. “The military has supported this organization for a really long time and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
The band will perform two other concerts July 30.
“We’re looking forward the two other shows on Friday and just being down here supporting the Boy Scouts because it’s a great organization,” said Carson, also a former Boy Scout.
JTF-NSJ plans and executes all DoD operations and activities in support of the Boy Scouts of America at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill. The JTF’s goal is to provide professional military support and a safe and secure environment for Scouts and visitors during the event. The DoD’s presence and effort at the NSJ emphasizes the commitment to the nation’s youth.