WASHINGTON - The presidential inauguration is a monumental day for President Barack Obama, but Monday is also a memorable day for some Tri-State residents who are performing during the ceremony or assisting with security.
The Miami University Marching Band, selected from more than 2,800 applicants across the country, is preparing to perform for President Barack Obama.
The band did a final warm-up Friday before heading to Washington, D.C., as one of bands in the Inauguration Parade Monday. The parade is set to begin its path down Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday at 2:30 pm.
Adam Green, a member of one of the premier military concert bands in Washington, D.C.. will be performing at the inauguration. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Clare, a member of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” has been selected to participate in the parade. Both are Cincinnati natives.
Also, Anderson woman Kristen Hollowood is one of 200 students in Lee University’s Festival Choir, which will perform immediately before President Barack Obama is publicly sworn in at the United States Capitol.
Security at the event comes with a price tag of $120 million. Police officers from 60 departments around the country will help with security. Among them are 40 police officers from Cincinnati. It is the third time the department has been invited to work the parade route.
Several Ohioans will contribute to the day's events as well.
Toledo autoworker Kenyetta Jones is one of eight "citizen co-chairs" who've been selected to highlight Obama's first-term accomplishments. Jones spoke at last year's Democratic National Convention about Obama's work to bailout the auto industry. She'll ride on an inaugural parade float after Obama's swearing-in Monday.
Also, the former band director at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School near Cleveland wrote musical arrangements for the inauguration.
The inauguration ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. with the parade following at 2:30 p.m.
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