A Norcross native has been selected to participate in the 57th presidential inaugural parade this year.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Ani, a member of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” will be playing the clarinet in the inauguration ceremony, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 21.
The “Pershing’s Own” was founded in 1922 by Army Chief of Staff, according to a news release. Its mission is to provide music for official ceremonies and special events throughout the National Capital Region.
The “Pershing’s Own” is the premier band of the U.S. Army, the nation’s most senior service. Many of its classically trained members have earned advance degrees from the nation’s most prestigious music schools and conservatories. Since the inauguration of Calvin Coolidge in 1925, “Pershing’s Own” has been part of the official escort to the president in each inaugural parade.
Assembled for special, major presidential events, such as inaugurals and state funerals, the 99-member band is comprised of members of the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the U.S. Army Concert Band, and the U.S. Army Blues. The band is led by Leader and Commander Col. Thomas H. Palmatier of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and the Drum Major is Master Sgt. Scott A. Little, of Marshfield, Md.
(Editor's note: This article is based on a news release from the U.S. Army Public Affairs.)