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WATCH: Air Force Band flashmob's the Smithsonian

6:34 PM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
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It started with a single cellist. Within minutes, 120 Air Force Band musicians had assembled themselves in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington for the service's first-ever flash mob.

The band performed an original arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring/Joy to the World, led by conductor Col. Larry Lang.

Before the flash mob started, band members walked around the museum wearing civilian coats, acting like tourists, on Dec. 3, according to the U.S. Air Force blog.

The band had started rehearsing only a week before the impromptu performance. "Some musicians are excited, some are leery - everyone wonders if the band can pull this off," according to the blog.

The Air Force Band, created in 1941, performs at ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and events for military leaders.

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