Organizers have released details of the dedication ceremony for the Clinton President Center, scheduled to begin about 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.
The official news release follows, with the caution it is subject to change:
PROGRAM OF EVENTS FOR THE OPENING AND DEDICATION
OF THE WILLIAM J. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER AND PARK
(Approximately 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST)
1. Prelude, Concert Band of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America
THE CONCERT BAND OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA is the principal musical ambassador of Headquarters Air Mobility Command. Comprised of 60 members, the Band plays more than 400 engagements a year throughout the Midwest and around the world, providing musical support for ceremonial occasions and presenting world-class musical services that promote and support troop morale.
2. Medley by the Lyon College Pipe Band of Batesville, Arkansas
The oldest private college in Arkansas, Lyon College was founded in Batesville in 1872. Internationally recognized as an authority on traditional Scottish culture, the LYON COLLEGE PIPE BAND has been the centerpiece of a program designed to teach, preserve, and celebrate the Scottish arts and traditions in America.
3. “Bless This House” Art Porter Singers,
While the beautiful music of the ART PORTER SINGERS has delighted central Arkansas crowds since 1976, the local impact of its founder, Art Porter, Sr., stretches back to the 1950s. Until his death in 1993, Art Porter, Sr., was a virtuoso jazz pianist who dedicated his life to nurturing an appreciation of jazz music among central Arkansas musicians. Art Porter, Sr., was both a musical mentor and a friend to President Clinton.
4. “Legends of Soul” Hot Springs High School Marching Band
THE HOT SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, President Clinton’s former high school band, has performed at the former President’s Inaugural Parade and the dedication of the Hot Springs Cultural Center. Directed by John Jordan.
5. “America the Beautiful” River City Men’s Chorus
This 35-member men’s chorus has experienced rapid growth and critical acclaim since it was founded in 2002 under the direction of David Glaze, and it is proud to call central Arkansas home.
6. African drum rhythms, African Drum Ballet
AFRICAN DRUM BALLET, from Hope, Arkansas, birthplace of President Clinton, under the direction of Zinse Agginie, has been enriching the lives of at-risk fifth and sixth grade students since 2001. The program’s mission is to foster a sense of self-discipline, self-worth, and personal responsibility in students through the power of music.
7. My Country ‘tis of Thee” medley, Phil Driscoll
PHIL DRISCOLL, legendary trumpeter whose expertise in classical, secular, and Christian music has thrilled audiences around the world for the past 20 years, honed his craft performing in the church in which his father preached. Driscoll has been a wildly successful trumpeter who has played with the likes of Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, and Leon Russell before returning to his Christian musical roots years ago.
8. “This Life” Rita Dove
Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1952, RITA DOVE has garnered a litany of prestigious awards and was only the second African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1987. In 1993, Rita Dove was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress by President Bill Clinton, making her the youngest person—and first African-American—to receive this highest official honor in American letters.
9. “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Philander Smith Collegiate Choir, Lawrence Hamilton, Director
THE PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGIATE CHOIR OF LITTLE ROCK has a long, distinguished history of awards and accolades, in addition to performing at President Clinton’s 1993 inauguration. In 2002, Broadway star Lawrence Hamilton assumed the duties of choir director and has continued to propel the Choir forward into the new millennium.
D E D I C A T I O N C E R E M O N Y
(Approximately 11:00 AM CST to 12:15 PM CST)
Fanfare, U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
THE U.S. ARMY HERALD TRUMPETS were formed in 1959 and have played opening fanfares for heads of state and other dignitaries, at the White House and around the country.
The 42nd Vice President of the United States, Al Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore
Current and Former Heads of State and Government
First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Mrs. Barbara Bush
Mrs. Rosalynn Carter
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band, “Ruffles and Flourishes”
The President of the United States, George W. Bush
The 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton
The 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush
The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band, “Hail to the Chief”
WELCOME AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
James L. “Skip” Rutherford, III, President, William J. Clinton Foundation
ADVANCING OF COLORS
Joint Armed Forces Color Guard
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
President Clinton became acquainted with the Somoza family of New York City during a 1993 town hall meeting when Anastasia asked why she and her twin sister, Alba, couldn’t attend elementary school classes together. President Clinton worked on their behalf, subsequently setting a national precedent for equal rights in education for the disabled. The Somoza’s have been close friends of the Clinton family. At Queens College Alba enrolled in a program that will be a national blueprint for significantly disabled college students, and Anastasia enrolled at Georgetown University and recently completed an internship in Sen. Hillary Clinton’s capitol office.
Christina Sanchez Phillips, Musician First Class, United States Navy
accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Concert Band
Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Musician First Class CHRISTINA SANCHEZ PHILLIPS, a vocalist in the Navy Band Sea Chanters, has participated in the memorial service for the Space Shuttle Columbia in Houston and at President Ronald Reagan’s memorial service at the National Cathedral.
Throughout the years, the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF
MID-AMERICA has performed programs of popular music, jazz, marches, and patriotic music for millions of listeners.
Reverend Floyd Flake
As senior pastor of the 15,000-member Greater Allen Cathedral in Jamaica, New York, former U.S. Representative REVEREND DR. FLOYD H. FLAKE has been instrumental in transforming the former Allen A.M.E. Church into one of the nation’s foremost churches and nonprofit corporations during his 26-year pastorate.
INTRODUCTION OF PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGIATE CHOIR
Lawrence Hamilton, Director
Philander Smith Collegiate Choir
• By involving more officers in community policing, former Kansas City police chief STEVEN BISHOP was recognized as a national leader by President Clinton for dramatically lowering Kansas City’s crime rate.
• Parents of two children, DEBORAH BREDBENNER and her husband Chris of Riverdale, Maryland were able to provide their daughter and asthmatic son with affordable health insurance thanks to President Clinton’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.
• School nurse GLORIA HACKMAN of Washington, D.C., administered a program for children coping with asthma and spoke at an event with President Clinton to announce the Tier II/Low Sulfur Gasoline Rule, which improves air quality by reducing vehicular pollution by up to 95 percent by 2009.
• Owner of a thriving small business in Philadelphia, NANCY SANTANA, a single mother of three children, is a testament to the success of President Clinton’s Welfare-to-Work and Empowerment Zone initiatives.
• KADI TIERNEY, the Founding Executive Director of City Year Little Rock, served as a corps member for City Year Boston, on the staff of the Corporation for National Service as President Clinton signed AmeriCorps into law, and in the founding of City Year Cleveland.
• KENNY WEAVER • The Weavers, of Port Lavaca, Texas, spent the last weeks of their daughter Melissa’s life together as a family because of the Family and Medical Leave Act, signed into law by President Clinton.
REMARKS VIA VIDEOTAPE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, NELSON R. MANDELA, former President of the Republic of South Africa
INTRODUCTION OF THE NINOS VALLENATOS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ANDRES PASTRANA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF COLUMUBIA
THE NIÑOS VALLENATOS have been a favorite of President Clinton, not only because of their proficiency in the Columbian style of accordion-driven music, but for their story of hope. Brought to the White House in 2000 by Consuelo Aruajo, the Cultural Minister of Colombia, the children impressed President Clinton with their spirit and talent. Tragically, drug traffickers murdered Aruajo the following year. Her spirit has endured through the folk music rooted back hundreds of years and by the bracelet President Clinton has worn since given to him by the Niños Vallenatos.
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT CARTER
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
MUSICAL SELECTIONS (TBD)
BONO AND THE EDGE, the lead singer and lead guitarist of Irish rock band U2, have sold over 120 million albums worldwide. Bono has used his influence to draw attention to Africa and the crises of poverty and HIV/AIDS. U2 has won numerous awards for their music including 14 Grammys and 12 MTV Awards.
INTRODUCTION BY SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON of William Jefferson Clinton
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT CLINTON
PRESENTATION BY CHELSEA CLINTON of the keys to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library to the National Archivist, John Carlin
“The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” MICKEY MANGUN,
Ms Mangun, an accomplished Pentecostal vocalist, has performed at both of President Clinton’s inaugurations. She and her husband, the Rev. Anthony Mangun, reside in Pineville, Louisiana.
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FLYOVER
188th Fighter Wing
USAF/Arkansas Air National Guard
Col. John R. Dallas, Jr., AANG, Wing Commander
Ebbing Air National Guard Base
Fort Smith, Arkansas
BENEDICTION OFFERED BY DR. TONY CAMPOLO
Dr. Campolo is a professor emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, an ordained minister and associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, He has provided the leadership to create, nurture, and support programs for at-risk children in cities across the United States and Canada, and he has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.
Dedication Ceremony Program Concludes
RETIRING OF THE COLORS BY THE JOINT ARMED FORCES COLOR GUARD
Postlude by the U.S. Air Force Band
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