U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake is pleased to welcome Pacific Clave, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific’s world music ensemble, to Jakarta. The group will perform its uniquely American brand of world music for Indonesian audiences at the Java Jazz Festival, at a Banten pesantren and @america.
Pacific Clave will kick off its Jakarta tour with performances at the Java Jazz Festival on February 28, March 1 and March 2. On March 3, the band will travel to Daar El Qolam Islamic School in Banten to give a master class for 40 members of the school’s bands and a concert for all 1,500 students. Their last show will be held on March 4 at @america in Pacific Place, where they will play for students from Budi Luhur University.
The group specializes in world music and performs compositions influenced by salsa, jazz, Latin music and pop. Established in October 1941 at Eglin Field in Florida, the band, which is made up of members of the U.S. Air Force, has been based at Yokota Air Base in Japan since 1988. In addition to visiting Indonesia, each year, the group gives 400 concerts for over 150,000 people in Hong Kong, Burma, Guam, Singapore, India, Mongolia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Laos, Korea and Japan.
Pacific Clave has performed for the king of Thailand and at Tokyo Disneyland, the Sapporo International Snow and Ice Festival, the Asian Aerospace Air Show in Singapore, the International Marching Festival in Tokyo, and Aloha Days in Hawaii.