LIVE OAK — The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and the Suwannee River Jam, the South’s Country Music and Camping Festival, have announced the United States Air Force Max Impact Band will take part in the 2019 Suwannee River Jam.
The band, consisting of Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Ascione, Master Sgt. Jonathan McPherson, Technical Sgt. Nalani Quintello, Technical Sgt. Gabriel Staznik and Technical Sgt. Mike Wittrien, will take part in the annual patriotic event on the main stage Saturday afternoon, May 4. This spectacular band has traveled all across the world and the U.S. performing its music.
With the arrival of Max Impact, the SOSMP is thrilled to welcome home Max Impact vocalist Technical Sgt. Nalani Quintello, who has performed on the SOSMP stages since she was about 14. Sgt. Quintello represented the SOSMP and Florida in the Texaco Country Showdown in the Southeastern finals one year and has played the Suwannee River Jam numerous times and performed on the SOSMP Music Hall Stage multiple times.
Max Impact will be part of a very, very special patriotic event taking place on stage Saturday, May 4, at the Jam. Last year’s event honored law enforcement and two deputies from Gilchrist County who were murdered in a senseless crime while on duty. This year’s event will be a stellar patriotic tribute with details to come.
Max Impact is the premier rock band of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. This band performs classic and current rock and country hits, as well as patriotic favorites and original music. Through national tours, local performances and digital audio and video recordings, Max Impact showcases Air Force excellence to millions each year. Back at home, they support events for the White House, State Department, Department of Defense and numerous other high-level military and civilian functions, using music to advance international diplomacy with America’s allies and strategic partners.
In addition to entertaining military and civilian audiences in the United States, Max Impact thrills service members with its trademark high-intensity, hard-rocking energy and musical versatility at forward deployed locations. These performances are a much-needed "taste of home" which bolsters troop morale and esprit de corps for remotely stationed military members. Additionally, the band supports the Air Force and its local communities by creating innovative projects and performances, capitalizing on the latest in multimedia and technological advances in music production. At home or abroad, Max Impact’s high-energy performances assist in enhancing troop morale, building partnerships with local, national and international communities, increasing recruiting and retention efforts and inspiring patriotism using effective and powerful music.
As part of The U.S. Air Force Band, Max Impact honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States. The excellence demonstrated by these Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence displayed by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.