Members of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific — from left, Master Sgt. Josh Holdridge, Staff Sgt. Andrew Clemenson, Senior Airmen Pete Somerville, Derrick Newbold and Alycia Cancel and Master Sgt. Christin Foley — perform on a live broadcast of the Japanese TV show, "Nodojiman The World!" in Tokyo on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. MICHAEL D. HOERBER/U.S. AIR FORCE
Members of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific — from left, Master Sgt. Josh Holdridge, Staff Sgt. Andrew Clemenson, Senior Airmen Pete Somerville, Derrick Newbold and Alycia Cancel and Master Sgt. Christin Foley — perform on a live broadcast of the Japanese TV show, "Nodojiman The World!" in Tokyo on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. MICHAEL D. HOERBER/U.S. AIR FORCE

Air Force music group performs on popular Japanese TV show

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Members of the Air Force’s Band of the Pacific-Asia got some major television exposure in Japan this week by performing on a live show that features foreigners singing Japanese songs.

Final Approach — a nine-member subgroup of the Yokota-based band that includes three vocalists, guitar, drums, bass, piano, saxophone and a sound engineer — played and sang in Japanese on Nippon Television’s “Nodojiman The World!” The title roughly translates to “Singing Contest of the World.”

The two-hour program, which aired live Wednesday evening on Nippon TV, featured foreigners competing to see who’s best at singing famous Japanese songs, said Master Sgt. Josh Holdridge, Band of the Pacific-Asia’s top noncommissioned officer and bass player.

The Air Force group didn’t compete during the show but was invited to play the opening song.

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