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IN A PERFECT WORLD, I visit the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum on the same afternoon as the USAF Band. But it's not a perfect world, so I flick into my YouTube history for the last time I heard moon rocks resonate with the holiday sound of a perfect Flash Mob.

This Flash Mob starts with a single cellist on the floor of the National Air and Space Museum's "Milestones of Flight" gallery. The clever sergeants--120 musicians from The U.S. Air Force Band--magically remove their coats and delight museum visitors.

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 various aircraft. Then up close to the sky a team of USAF vocalists burst into song from the Museum's second floor balcony.

[Bernie Goldbach carried the USAF Band aboard a C-141 Starlifter last century.]