Centenary College Choir to perform at Louisiana governor's inauguration

SHREVEPORT, LA — "America's Singing Ambassadors" will help welcome Louisiana's next governor to office next week. The Centenary College Choir has been invited to perform at the pre-inauguration ceremonies for Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards on Monday, January 11 in Baton Rouge. The Choir will be one of five groups to provide pre-ceremony music on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol beginning at 9:30 a.m.

"First Lady-elect Donna Edwards heard the Choir recently on our South Louisiana tour and recommended us as one of the five performing groups," says Dr. David Hobson, A.C. "Cheesy" Voran Choir Director. "We'll be singing some festive pieces like 'Salute to the Armed Forces' and 'Dry Bones.' This is a very special opportunity for the Choir and we're proud to participate."

"Louisiana First" is the theme for the 2016 inauguration which will induct the governor and other statewide elected officials into office. The general public is invited to attend the inauguration at the Capitol Complex, where Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson will administer the oath of office at noon.

Highlights of the ceremony include a 19 round volley of cannon salute, a recognition traditionally associated with state governors, provided by the 141st Field Artillery Battalion of the Louisiana National Guard. The 141st, headquartered in New Orleans, is part of the 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard and is the oldest continuous Field Artillery unit outside of the original 13 colonies. The 159th Fighter Wing of the Louisiana Air National Guard, located at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, will also perform a flyover featuring F-15C Eagles during the ceremony.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting will provide live streaming of the inauguration on Monday, January 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. here.