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Harrisburg- Musical performers from across Pennsylvania will help celebrate the swearing-in of Pennsylvania’s 46th Governor, Tom Corbett. The entertainment will include military bands, youth choirs and a Civil War era tribute band.

The performers include:
The 28th Infantry Division Band
The 553rd Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic
The Valley Forge Military Academy & College Herald Trumpet Team
The Wildcat Regiment Band, Indiana County
Heather Harley of Lancaster County
Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir
Biographies of each performer or band are listed below:

The 28th Infantry Division Band
With a history of service that predates the American Revolution, the 28th “Keystone” Division Band, based in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, is among the top performing Army National Guard Bands in the nation today. From contemporary to classical literature, rousing Sousa Marches and beautiful ballads, the Band has an assorted repertoire. The band has represented the 28th Division and the nation it serves at functions throughout the eastern United States, Canada and Europe.  The band takes extreme pride in its history of service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to the United States of America.

The 553rd Air Force Band
The Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic is part of the 193rd Special Operations Wing at Ft. Indiantown Gap in Annville. Its mission is to provide music to military and civilian communities in order to instill patriotism, maintain tradition, represent the militia heritage and to promote pride in oneself, one’s unit and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

It is assigned the state mission of supporting regional Air National Guard units through performances in military ceremonies, by promoting recruitment and retention of Air National Guard members, and in annual public relations concert tours. As traditional guardsmen, band members can be also called upon to assist other Air and Army National Guard units with civil defense duties and disaster relief efforts.

The band has played throughout the eastern United States as well as Europe and the Caribbean.
It performs as a concert band, ceremonial band, “High Altitude” Popular Music Ensemble, “The Guardsmen” big band jazz ensemble, brass and woodwind quintets, jazz/popular combo, and “German” band. In addition, the band has become a regular performer at the Pocono Raceway for several NASCAR races.

Valley Forge Military Academy & College Herald Trumpet Team
The Valley Forge Military Academy & College Herald Trumpet Team from Wayne, PA have been called on to perform for presidents, Supreme Court Justices and governors. Their majestic look and sound provide a regal backdrop for ceremonial events.

The trumpeters are members of VFMI’s Regimental Band which has appeared in the inaugural parades of several U.S. presidents and has performed at the inaugurals of virtually every Pennsylvania governor since the founding of the institution in 1928.

The original eight heraldic fanfare trumpets have been used on numerous ceremonial occasions associated with royalty:
 St. Paul’s Cathedral to herald the Royal Silver Wedding Ceremony
 The wedding of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
 Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Wildcat Regiment Band
The Wildcat Regiment Band carries on the tradition of the Civil War era “cornet bands.”

The band is comprised of musicians of all ages and musical backgrounds. It has performed for historic and civic events throughout the eastern United States, including Gettysburg, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

The cornets and saxhorns played by the Wildcat Regiment Band are the same instruments that were in service during battle and dress parades in 1861. All of the horns that are played date back to the Civil War or earlier.

The Wildcat Band still plays the same regimental music played in the 19th century. The songs were played for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War providing them comfort, encouragement and a spirit of patriotism during this difficult period of American history.  Many of the songs played by the band are original 19th century arrangements that have been taken from band books found in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.

Heather Harley
Heather Harley of Lancaster County will perform The National Anthem. Raised in East Petersburg, Pa, Harley currently attends Liberty University in Virginia. She is the reigning Miss Lynchburg 2010 and won the talent portion of the Miss Virginia pageant for her singing. Harley also sang at the Inauguration of Governor-elect Corbett when he was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General in 2005. Harley has been singing since childhood and has performed in many musicals, in church and has sung the National Anthem at various sporting events.

Keystone State Boys Choir
The Keystone State Boys Choir is based in Philadelphia and is made up of over 150 young men between the ages of 8 and 18 years old. The choir performs a wide variety of songs from the classical to the contemporary. The KSB has performed with some of the region’s most distinguished ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Singers.

Its mission is to provide exemplary choral music education and performance opportunities to young people from diverse economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. It aims to encourage leadership skills, build character and self-discipline. Its sister choir is the Pennsylvania Girls Choir.

Pennsylvania Girlchoir
The Pennsylvania Girlchoir from Philadelphia has over 160 girls from five counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey and Delaware. Formed just six years ago in 2004, the PA Girlchoir, has garnered rave reviews for its performances in the region and around the world. It has collaborated with many Philadelphia arts and culture organizations including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia , Mendelssohn Club and more.

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