USAF Band singer has 'Max Impact' on opening day

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  • By Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant
  • 11th Wing Public Affairs
On opening day at Nationals Park, April 6, 2015, Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson, U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact vocalist, sang 'God Bless America' to a crowd of approximately 40,000.

Military support for opening day was a Joint service effort that also included a fly over by two F/A-18 Hornets, drummers from the U.S. Navy Band, the U.S. Joint Service Color Guard and U.S. Army Chorus Quartet.

"When you want the best of the best in Washington, D.C., and you want professionals you go to the military," said Tom Davis, Washington Nationals senior manager of entertainment, marketing and broadcasting.

The United States military was featured throughout the game.

This is not the first time Carson has performed in front of thousands of sports fans and this is not the first time he has sang at Nationals Park, but in his mind there is always worry.

"These events are always crazy, not because of the amount of people or exposure, but because you're out there representing the Air Force," Carson said. "We practice excellence in the Air Force and I get worried about the level of excellence I'm about to portray."

Carson takes the job of representing Airmen seriously and tries to portray excellence in every note.

"It's about all the other men and women that wear the uniform or wore the uniform before me," Carson said.

Davis said, he does not worry when Carson performs because he knows he will crush it.

Carson's rendition of 'God Bless America' earned him a standing ovation.

Carson summed it up simply, "You're out there singing patriotic music as a military member to a patriotic crowd in the nation's capital; red, white and blue Washington Nationals, can't get better than that."