United States Air Force quartet prepares to perform and inspire
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United States Air Force quartet prepares to perform and inspire

Published 1/30/18

Tori Dodson

TNE Writer

Mission Winds, a clarinet quartet from the United States Air Force Band of the West, is traveling to NSU to perform for students and the community. The band is devoted to honoring all Airmen and supporting music education throughout the southern region of the U.S.

Mission Winds is comprised of highly-trained professional musicians who have dedicated themselves to serving the country through music. The clarinet quartet’s purpose is based on four pillars: honor, inspire, recruit and connect.

“We will be all over Oklahoma the first week of February embracing the connect and honor pillars,” said Staff Sgt. Denise Cardona Santos, Mission Winds operations representative. “We want to create, maintain and strengthen relationships with a variety of publics to enhance the reputation of the Air Force as a respected and professional organization charged with an integral role in maintaining U.S. national security. We will also be performing for veterans in Tulsa with the purpose of honoring those who have served and are serving.”

The quartet hopes to inspire patriotism and appreciation for the bravery, sacrifice and dedication of the U.S. Airmen. For some NSU students, this hit close to home.

“I personally think it’s a great organization and I would attend this event,” said Taylor Lloyd, Plainview freshman. “Many people don’t truly appreciate not only the sacrifice the servicemen and women do, but also the family that is involved.”

Lloyd stated his older brother, Nate Betterton, is a United States Air Force combat controller who is currently serving and that it is hard never knowing where he is or if he is safe.

“My dad, Bret Oestreich, was a crew chief on C-130 Hercules aircraft for four years and served during the Gulf War,” said Mackenzie Oestreich, Owasso freshman. “It is truly inspiring what this organization does, and it is so encouraging to know that people respect the military as much as my family and I do.”

Santos said the Mission Winds quartet will be teaching a fun masterclass. After the class, the quartet will perform a short recital, and then they will answer any questions. Anyone interested in clarinet, chamber ensemble, rehearsing techniques and the military is welcome to attend.

“I realized that the Air Force embraces education, discipline and values that my parents dearly instilled in me,” said Santos. “The Air Force is constantly pushing me to greater things and to reach my true potential. I have traveled all over the world representing every professional Airman in this organization.”

The Mission Winds masterclass will start at 2 p.m. and the performance will follow at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2. Both are free and open to the public. This event will take place at the NSU Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information or questions, visit www.bandofthewest.af.mil.

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