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Music in our Schools

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

Tech. Sgt. Mike Correa, Starlifter NCO in charge, assembles his drum kit prior to a performance at Spain Elementary Middle School on March 19, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. Starlifter played for five schools in Detroit as part of their "Music in Our Schools" initiative as a way of getting Air Force messages out to younger audiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

Senior Airman Jim Woolf, Starlifter sound engineer, monitors a sound board during the band's performance at Spain Elementary Middle School on March 22, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. Woolf programs the sound board to ensure the audio levels on the instruments and microphones are complimentary to each other throughout the band’s performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

U.S. Air Force The Band of Mid-America's rock band Starlifter, performs popular songs for students of Spain Elementary Middle School on March 19, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. Starlifter performed at five different schools as part of their "Music in Our Schools" initiative as a way of getting Air Force messages out to younger audiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

Tech. Sgt. Charles Cothran, Starlifter pianist, has a chat with students about the Air Force mission prior to a performance at Amelia Earhart Elementary Middle School on March 20, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. Throughout their performance, Starlifter gave students some insight on future opportunities within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

The Band of Mid-America's rock band Starlifter, performs popular songs for students of Amelia Earhart Elementary Middle School on March 20, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. Starlifter performed at five different schools as part of their "music in our schools" initiative as a way of getting Air Force messages out to younger audiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Amelia Szymanek and Staff Sgt. Paula Hunt, Starlifter vocalists, pose for a photo with a fan after a performance at the Amelia Earhart Elementary Middle School on March 20, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. As part of their "Music in Our Schools" initiative, Starlifter performed at five different schools in Detroit to give students some insight on future opportunities within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

Airman 1st Class Amelia Szymanek, Starlifter vocalist, receives hugs from students of Thirkell Elementary School after a performance on March 21, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. Starlifter performed popular music in five schools around Detroit to inspire a future generation of Airmen as part of their "Music in Our Schools" initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia

Staff Sgt. Paula Hunt, Starlifter vocalist, performs a song for an audience at the Wayne County Community College on March 22, 2019 in Detroit, Mich. Starlifter also performed each branch of the military’s song for the local retirees as a "thank you" for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Garcia)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- In schools across the Detroit area, smiling fans reached out, arms raised, to get closer to an Air Force band as they played a selection of fan favorites from throughout the years.

The Band of Mid-America’s rock band, Starlifter, arrived with music in their hearts, in mid-March when they took to Detroit as part of their “Music in our Schools” initiative in hopes of inspiring a future generation of Airmen.

Tech. Sgt. Mike Correa, Starlifter NCO In Charge, said he feels the band is an effective means of communicating specific themes across to younger audiences, without it feeling forced.

“The Air Force relies on the support of the [American] people, but they don’t get to see the day-to-day work the Airmen do. The band gets to reach out to the community through music and tell them all about the great things Airmen are doing day-in and day-out to protect their freedoms.”

Starlifter shares messages about the Air Force and Air Mobility Command within their act.

“We work hard to incorporate messaging into the performance so that it’s a nice, seamless flow,” said Correa. “The audience has a great time, but they also learn something about the Air Force mission and might not even realize they learned it. Music is a great tool for doing that.”

Throughout the week, the band played for children of all ages in five different Detroit schools. One of the schools visited was Spain Elementary Middle School, known for its performance arts program.

Frederick Cannon, Spain EMS principal, said he thought Starlifter’s engagement with the students during their performance was well received.

“Watching the Airmen show off their talent and getting the kids to sing with them was outstanding,” said Cannon. “I think they might’ve inspired a few future Airmen who didn’t realize this could be a job in the Air Force.”