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PACAF band entertains at Indian Air Force jubilee

The lights of the India Gate in New Delhi illuminate the stage for bands participating in the Indian Air Force Platinum Jubilee Tattoo March 17.  The Indian Air Force invited the Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

The lights of the India Gate in New Delhi illuminate the stage for bands participating in the Indian Air Force Platinum Jubilee Tattoo March 17. The Indian Air Force invited the Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

The sun sets behind the India Gate in New Delhi March 17, setting the stage for the evening portion of the Indian Air Force Platinum Jubilee Tattoo. The Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends was invited to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

The sun sets behind the India Gate in New Delhi March 17, setting the stage for the evening portion of the Indian Air Force Platinum Jubilee Tattoo. The Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends was invited to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

Crowd members wave American flags while the Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends plays beneath the India Gate in New Delhi March 17 during the Platinum Jubilee Tattoo.  The Indian Air Force invited the band to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.  The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

Crowd members wave American flags while the Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends plays beneath the India Gate in New Delhi March 17 during the Platinum Jubilee Tattoo. The Indian Air Force invited the band to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

Staff Sgt. Felita Rowe and Staff Sgt. Tim Rogers, members of the Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends, perform for the crowd gathered at the foot of the India Gate monument in New Delhi March 17.  The Indian Air Force invited Pacific Trends to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

Staff Sgt. Felita Rowe and Staff Sgt. Tim Rogers, members of the Pacific Air Forces rock band Pacific Trends, perform for the crowd gathered at the foot of the India Gate monument in New Delhi March 17. The Indian Air Force invited Pacific Trends to take part in the multinational celebration, which included military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The IAF celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marine Cpl. Ashleigh Bryant)

NEW DELHI, India (AFNEWS) -- For the Indian Air Force's 75th anniversary, the Pacific Air Forces rock group "Pacific Trends" joined military bands from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand to perform at the Indian Air Force Platinum Jubilee Tattoo here March 17.

This was one of the final performances of Pacific Trends in India from their 12-day trip through the country.

As these military bands played in both marching and stage performances, one Pacific Trends band member said this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform with international musicians at such a high-profile event.

"Working with other nations and building camaraderie with other military bands here in India is really a great experience that you just can't duplicate back at home," said Staff Sgt. Tim Rogers, lead guitarist for the band.

On top of the excitement of playing at the India Gate, listening to the other military bands gave him motivation for his own performance at the end of the night, said Staff Sgt. Chad Newman, the band's drummer.

The 42-meter-high India Gate, also known as the "All India War Memorial," was constructed as a memorial to the 90,00 Indian soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.

"The crowd response to the bands, and just hearing them play an Indian song and knowing we may play an Indian song tonight, just fires me up even more," Sergeant Newman said. "It's amazing to see all the different bands, all the different nationalities, different countries.  Politics set aside, it's all about music and just a great experience."

Pacific Trends wrapped up their performance with several classic rock 'n' roll selections, entertaining the tattoo's audience that spanned from the base of the India Gate monument back nearly 500 yards. 

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