Department of Defense spends 91k on diversity training for US Air Force Band

Air Force Band Drum Major SMSgt. Dan Valadie holds his mace as members of the band play their instruments behind him on The Today Show plaza. Air Force photo by MSgt. Joshua Kowalsky

The Department of Defense has shelled out over $91,000 on diversity training for the US Air Force Band, reports indicate.

The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia was reportedly awarded the expensive contract in May and tasked with providing the diversity and inclusion seminars for 184 active duty band members.

BPCO’s stated mission is “to take the audience beyond spectatorship to participation in the musical experience by combining artistic excellence with cultural diversity and innovative community engagement,” according to their website.

Fox News reports that the same orchestra received a $100,000 grant in June from the National Endowment for the Arts, with the funding being from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan “to support personnel and facilities expenses in response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

BPCO claims their curriculum was written up by one of their maestros.

“Black Pearl’s education and community engagement activities are unique because they offer audiences unprecedented and direct access to the musicians and conductor,” the orchestra’s website states. “These award-winning programs were created by Maestro Johnson who believes that giving audiences – regardless of their level of knowledge – the opportunity to reach into an art form for a more direct experience, is the best way to engage them.”

Whistleblowers inside the military have previously claimed that recruits are being indoctrinated with “woke” dogma, and that those who try to sound the alarm are punished.

“Merely questioning the goals or methods used to promote ‘equity and diversity’ is punished and that punishment is swift, harsh and public,” one service member said.

A recent poll by the Reagan National Defense Forum found that 62% of Americans believe the military is being overly-politicized.

The USAF and DoD did not respond to requests for comment on the Black Pearl contract.


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