The official picture from my first trip to the White House:
A couple of nights after this picture was taken, we went to sing at the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s quarters for a holiday party. Here’s me and the Chorus with Admiral Mullen and his wife:
And although I don’t have a picture of it, a few nights after that we performed for General Casey, the Army Chief of Staff. So I basically began at the top of the chain of command and worked my way down. Since then, there have been two more White House jobs but we’re still waiting for those pictures. I’ll post them when I get them.
This morning was our dress rehearsal for the Inaugural Parade. As I type, I’m still thawing a bit, but I’m coming along. I shouldn’t complain, because the weather could be A LOT worse. Early reports expect the actual day of the event will likely be comparable to today’s weather. Even if it’s really cold, it is going to be an AMAZING event to be a part of. The Army Band supports the 3d U.S. Infantry Division (The Old Guard) which is the official escort for the President, so we render honors at the Capitol, then lead the official party to the reviewing stand at the White House. This morning there were a few onlookers who saw the rehearsal, but I can imaging what those streets are going to look like lined with thousands of people. I am thrilled to participate in this incredible historic event!