ANG band rocks 2018 U.S. National Day in UAE

Watch United States Air Forces Central Command band performing during the United States National Day March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, in Dubai, UAE. The band collaborated with U.S. Embassies throughout southwest Asia to share American culture, build partnerships and develop relationships.

U.S. Air Forces Central Command band poses with Paul R. Malik, U.S. Consul General during the U.S. National Day celebration March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The AFCENT band is a popular music ensemble comprised of American Airman who are charged with using music to bring diverse peoples from different cultures together to engender mutual appreciation and respect.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr. )

The U.S. Air Forces Central Command band poses with Paul R. Malik, U.S. Consul General during the U.S. National Day celebration March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The AFCENT band is a popular music ensemble comprising American Airmen charged with using music to bring diverse peoples from different cultures together to engender mutual appreciation and respect. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

U.S. Marines deployed to the United Arab Emirates talk with Emirates during the United States National Day March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. Strengthen Allies & Partnerships is one of the U.S. Central Commands top priorities in the region. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S. Marines deployed to the United Arab Emirates talk with Emiratis during the United States National Day, March 7, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. Strengthening allies & partnerships is one of the U.S. Central Commands top priorities in the region. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

Watch the Air Forces Central Command Band helped celebrate U.S. National Day at various U.S. Embassy events in UAE this week. The ‘Band of the South’ from McGhee Tyson, Tennessee, is formed entirely of Air National Guardsmen. Soundbite #1: Attendee of U.S. Embassy Event for U.S. National Day Soundbite #2: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Thompson, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band member Soundbite #3: Tech. Sgt. Spencer Herron, U.S. Air Forces Central Command musical director Please see related products of the same event: Photos and story: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/268754/afcent-band-rocks-2018-us-national-day

U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Leslie Dix, U.S. Air Forces Central Command band member performs during the United States National Day March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The U.S .AFCENT is a popular music ensemble comprised of American Airman who are charged with using music to bring diverse peoples from different cultures together to engender mutual appreciation and respect. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Leslie Dix, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band member performs during the United States National Day, March 7, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The U.S .AFCENT Band is a popular music ensemble comprising of American Airman charged with using music to bring diverse peoples from different cultures together to engender mutual appreciation and respect. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S. Marines deployed to the United Arab Emirates present the U.S. Flag during the U.S. National Day March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The United States Independence Day is celebrated in the early months of the year for citizens to take advantage of cooler weather. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S. Marines deployed to the United Arab Emirates present the U.S. Flag during the U.S. National Day, March 7, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The United States Independence Day is celebrated in the early months of the year for citizens to take advantage of cooler weather. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S. Marines deployed to the United Arab Emirates present the U.S. Flag during the U.S. National Day March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The United States Independence Day is celebrated in the early months of the year for citizens to take advantage. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S. Marines deployed to the United Arab Emirates present the U.S. Flag during the U.S. National Day, March 7, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The United States Independence Day is celebrated in the early months of the year for citizens to take advantage. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Thompson, U.S. Air Forces Central Command band member performs during the United States National Day March 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The band collaborates with U.S. Embassies throughout southwest Asia to share American culture, build partnerships and develop relationships. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Thompson, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band member, performs during the United States National Day, March 7, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai. The band collaborates with U.S. Embassies throughout southwest Asia to share American culture, build partnerships and develop relationships. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates -- The Air National Guard Band of the South, currently deployed as the United States Air Forces Central Command Band, rocked as Americans and Emiratis joined together in the United Arab Emirates to celebrate the birth of the United States a few months early.

July 4 marks one of the most important days in the U.S. calendar, however, Independence Day is celebrated in the early months of the year for citizens to take advantage of cooler weather.

The AFCENT band provided live music during this year’s United States National Day event, which was hosted March 7 by the U.S. Embassy at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort, Dubai.

Paul R. Malik, U.S. Consul General in Dubai was the guest speaker for the ceremony and reflected on the enduring partnership the U.S. shares with the UAE.

“The United States has always viewed the UAE as a stronger more capable partner in addressing the security economic and social challenges of the region and of our times,” said Malik. “We enjoy mutually beneficial cooperation which also has allowed us to shape and advance the vision of a better world for mankind.”

The band, composed of Guardsmen deployed from McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee, used music to bridge language, cultural, societal and socio-economic differences.

“Whether we’re playing a concert, social event or in this case a different country, music acts as universal language,” said Tech. Sgt. Spencer Herron, the band’s musical director. “Music has always been a powerful tool in breaking barriers and promoting cross-cultural appreciation.”

The AFCENT Band is the only permanently-assigned U.S. Air Force band to the Central Command area of responsibility, and is based in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

“We owe our gratitude to the United States Air Force Central Command Band which provided us with tonight's all-American entertainment,” said Malik.