The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has accepted an invitation to sing at President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony during the presidential inauguration next month in Washington, D.C. The inauguration for Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence will be held at the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 2017.
In a press release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, choir president Ron Jarrett said, “Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president. ”
The choir has previously sung at the inaugurals of five other U.S. presidents, including the official swearing-in ceremonies for George H. W. Bush, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. They also performed in the inaugural parades for George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
When the choir sang its signature song “Battle Hymn of the Republic” during the inaugural parade for President Reagan in 1981, he dubbed the choir “America’s Choir.” President George H. W. Bush called the choir “a national treasure” during his swearing-in ceremony in front of the Capitol in 1989.
The choir is made up of 360 volunteers and was formed in the mid-19th century.
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