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In Step and In Tune on Jalan Pantai Kuta

Indonesian Air Force Cadet Marching Band Delights Bali Visitors with Impromptu Parade

(9/17/2011) The 124-member Indonesian Air Force Academy Marching Band treated Bali visitors in the area of Kuta on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, to an exciting display of musicality and formation marching.

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In Bali as part of a nationwide goodwill tour that included stops in Balikpapan (Kalimantan) and Makassar (Sulawesi), the cadets, known in Indonesia as “Karbol,”  are the nation's future airmen and airwomen who, upon graduation, will become commission officers in the Indonesian Air Force.

Bali produces an average of 5 cadets for the elite Indonesian Air Force Academy in Yogyakarta every year, a number higher than the average for other provinces in Indonesia.

The “Karbol” spent their time in Bali during the latest visit undertaking navigation exercises and paying recruitment visits to local high schools.

The parade by the drum crop, led by a phalanx of drum majors, started at the Kantor Lurah for Kuta and followed Jalan Pantai Kuta before ending at Stones Hotel at the opposite end of the Kuta strip.

Putting on a musically martial display that delighted tourists on the busy beach side boulevard, the marching band was comprised of bass drums, snare drums and trumpeters performing  while executing precision marching drills as they proudly wore the distinctive royal blue and white dress uniforms of their Academy.