WASHINGTON (KAKE) — Starting with a single cellist on the floor of the National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight gallery and swelling to 120 musicians, The United States Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors yesterday with its first-ever flash mob.
The project was the brain child of the Band’s producer, Hutchinson, Kan., native Chief Master Sgt. Jebodiah Eaton.
The four-minute performance featured an original arrangement of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring/Joy to the World," led by the Band's commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang. 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.
Eaton is a 1990 graduate of Hutchinson High School. He studied business and theatre at Hutchinson Community College and was named the school's Outstanding Technical Assistant from 1990 to 1992 and the president of Delta Psi Omega fraternity. From 1992 to 1993, he attended the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatrical design. His Air Force career began in 1999.