News>11th Operations Group members to represent Airmen at Air Force Week in NYC
NEW YORK -- Six F-16 Fighting Falcons with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team fly in delta formation in front of the Empire State Building during an air show May 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Mateo White)
The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team competes during the Joint Service Drill Exhibition on April 14 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Drill teams from all four branches of the American armed services competed at the event. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Perry Aston)
The Air Force Band performed during the Air Force Week New York City proclamation ceremony Aug. 24, 2010, on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung)
by Senior Airman Tabitha N. Haynes
Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs
8/17/2012 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The premier United States Air Force ceremonial units, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and U.S. Air Force Band, are returning to New York City as part of Air Force Week 2012 with several performances and concerts scheduled for Aug. 18 through 22.
Two of the USAF Band's ensembles - the rock band, Max Impact, and The Ceremonial Brass - along with the USAF Honor Guard's Drill Team will perform at select locations throughout the city showcasing America's Airmen and their amazing capabilities to many Americans who do not have day-to-day contact with the Air Force.
One of the band members and a drill team member are native New Yorkers and will be representing Airmen serving around the world as well as their hometown.
"Having been born and raised in Bronx, N.Y. - just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium - I can't begin to express how thrilled and honored I am to perform with the Air Force Band and represent my fellow Airmen in my hometown," said Chief Master Sgt. Edward J. Teleky. "On top of all of that, getting to play in Yankee Stadium is truly a childhood dream come true."
Teleky is the drum major with the USAF Band's Ceremonial Brass and began his Air Force career in 1987 after graduating from the Juilliard School of Music, N.Y. He is only the fifth drum major in the band's 70-year history.
The Ceremonial Brass is a 38-member organization consisting of world-class brass players, percussionists and a drum major. This elite group is responsible for over 1,000 ceremonial performances each year. (click HERE to listen)
Another native of N.Y., performing this week is the flight chief for the USAF Drill Team, Master Sgt. Whitfield Jack.
"Being a native of New York City and performing in front of the home crowd is going to be a blast," said Jack. "I have been blessed with leading the sharpest young men the Air Force has to offer and to do that with my friends and family in attendance is truly something I never could have imagined."
Prior to serving as a ceremonial guardsman, Jack was a military training instructor at (then) Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Jack is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Drill team members represent the best of each of the Honor Guard's individual ceremonial flights. All members have risen to the challenge and developed the discipline required to be a member of this elite performance unit.
Max Impact is the premier rock band of the United States Air Force. Commissioned in 2005, the band's seven members perform exciting original music, rock, country, patriotic favorites as well as classic and current pop hits. In addition to entertaining military and civilian audiences in the United States, Max Impact has thrilled troops with their hard-rocking energy and amazing musical versatility at forward deployed locations including Iraq and Afghanistan. (click HERE to see Max Impact perform)
Air Force Week is a program endorsed by the chief of staff of the Air Force. It provides the opportunity to show and tell civic leaders and the general American public what the Air Force does, while demonstrating its gratitude to the communities which support the Air Force by engaging in events that help give back to the community.