Rapid City native uses voice to serve country

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) When you think of the Air Force, you normally think of flying and planes, not music. One Rapid City native is using his voice to serve his country.

An image from the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Senior Master Sergeant Ryan Carson visited the South Dakota Air and Space Museum today, talking about the Air Force band's mission, as well as his own story.

Carson is the lead singer for Max Impact, billed as the premiere rock band of the United States Air Force. The group travels worldwide, spreading a message of hope through music.

"I've seen 90 year old men barely able to walk in and they're wanting to do push ups during their Marine Corps song," said Senior Master Sergeant Ryan Carson. "So...it's just an inspiring event to be a part of."

Music also serves as a way of breaking down barriers.

"So even without words, music still connected on that diplomatic level. I've also seen it bring down walls overseas," Carson said.

The Air Force has several different bands including jazz, string orchestra, and concert band.