Students, faculty and staff at Al Ain Women’s College enjoyed a rare musical treat on Wednesday 8th December, courtesy of the US Air Force Central Command rock band Touch ‘n’ Go.
Making the most of the mild winter weather, about three hundred students gathered in the courtyard garden to listen to the band perform a selection of favorite rock, pop and blues classics.
All were impressed by the talent and versatility of the musicians, who succeeded in communicating their love of music to the whole audience. This was a very enjoyable performance and each number was rewarded with generous and enthusiastic applause.
The concert was followed by a workshop for students who wanted to learn more about the band and their music. The musicians talked about their work and recounted how and when they began to study music. The workshop participants had the chance to ask questions and try out the band’s instruments. They were also keen to perform some typical Khaleeji songs for the visitors. Students were immediately won over by the warmth and friendliness of the band members, and the workshop took place in a light-hearted atmosphere of mutual respect and sharing.
The U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) Expeditionary Band, ‘Touch N Go,’ is a 5-person popular music ensemble comprised of deployed Airmen from Active Duty, Reserve and Air National Guard bands.
These dynamic musicians perform and tour throughout the Middle East to positively promote troop morale, diplomacy and outreach to host nation communities. The band performs a wide variety of musical styles’ranging from Top 40 to classic rock to country’to appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Band Members are: Rachel Trimble ‘ Vocals, Jonathan Friedman ‘ Drums, Matthew Peacock ‘ Piano, Dustin Trimble ‘ Guitar and Nick Wellman – Audio Engineer.
The concert was introduced by Mrs Stephanie Sandoval, the Cultural Attaché at the US Embassy in the UAE, who talked about the importance of building bridges through culture and the arts.
This event was a wonderful opportunity for our students to find out more about American culture and to further their interest in contemporary music.