President Obama’s Inauguration Day ceremony will be kicked off by the venerable U.S. Marine Band, a chorus of 65 fifth-graders and a choir of college students from Tennessee, the congressional inaugural committee announced Wednesday.
Other musical selections will be offered by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson.
“I am honored to announce this incredible line-up for the Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said in a statement.
“We have some of the most talented individuals from across America performing at one of America’s most treasured events,” he said.
The Marine Band will be joined by the P.S. 22 Chorus, an acclaimed elementary school group from Staten Island, and the Lee University Festival Choir from Cleveland, Tenn.
The call to order and welcoming remarks will be given by Schumer, and the invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chairman of the NAACP and the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
The oath of office will be administered to Vice President Biden by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The oath of office will be administered to Obama by John G. Roberts Jr., chief justice of the United States. The president will then give his inaugural address.
The ceremonies will close with a poem by 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco, the benediction and the national anthem, sung by Beyonce.