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As announced by Senator Trent Lott, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, on Jan. 5, 2005.

Beginning at 10:00 AM

The United States Naval Academy Glee Club

The United States Marine Band

Alcorn State University Concert Choir

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United States Marine Band

Musical Selection
Wintley Phipps

Musical Selection
Guy Hovis

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The United States Marine Band

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Trent Lott, United States Senator from Mississippi

The Rev. Dr. Louis Leon, St. John’s Church, Washington D.C.

Musical Selection
Susan Graham

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President Richard B. Cheney
by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
the Honorable J. Dennis Hastert

Musical Selection
Denyce Graves

Oath of Office Administered to President George W. Bush
by the Chief Justice of the United States
The Honorable William H. Rehnquist

The Inaugural Address
The President of the United States, The Honorable George W. Bush

Musical Selection – God of Our Fathers
Performed Jointly by
The United States Marine Band
The United States Army Herald Trumpets
The United States Navy Sea Chanters

Pastor Kirbyjon H. Caldwell

The National Anthem
Technical Sergeant Bradley Bennett
The United States Air Force Band


The Reverend Kirbyjon Caldwell serves as Senior Pastor of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston.   Faith-based community development has been a priority of Rev. Caldwell throughout his ministry.  Windsor Village is home to more than 100 community outreach ministries, which deal with issues ranging from job placement and drug rehabilitation to education, health care and housing.  Rev. Caldwell and the community outreach ministries of Windsor Village have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Texas Monthly, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, BBC News, the NBC Weekend Today Show and NBC Nightly News.  He delivered the benediction at President George W. Bush's first inauguration. Rev. Caldwell is the author of The Gospel of Good Success and co-author, with Walt Kallestad and Paul Sorensen, of Enterpeneurial Faith.

The Reverend Dr. Luis León is the fourteenth Rector of St. John's Church in Washington, DC.  Since his ministry began in 1995, he has specialized in building inner city parishes through spiritual leadership, preaching, excellence in worship and liturgical music, stewardship and outreach.  Prior to his time at St. John's, Rev. Leon served as Rector of Trinity Church in Wilmington, Delaware and St. Paul's Church in Paterson, New Jersey.   During his tenure St. Paul's was named "Church of the Year" by the New Jersey Council of Churches in 1985.  Rev. Leon began his spiritual journey when he was baptized into the Episcopal Church in Guantanamo, Cuba. He came with his sister to the United States in 1961 at the age of twelve and was supported by the Episcopal Church in Miami.

Denyce Graves is recognized as one of the world’s most impressive voices.  She continues to garner critical acclaim in performances on four continents. Denyce Graves made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1995-96 season in the title role of Carmen.  Ms. Graves appears continually in leading theaters in North America and Europe.  Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, she was invited by President Bush to participate in the National Prayer Service at Washington's National Cathedral in which she sang 'America, the Beautiful' and 'The Lord's Prayer.'  In 2003 Denyce Graves was appointed as a Cultural Ambassador for the United States, and she now travels around the world on good-will missions giving special musical performances, lectures, and seminars.  She is a native of Washington, D.C.

Susan Graham has emerged as one of the most acclaimed mezzo-sopranos of her generation.  She has been a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera since her debut in 1991 and has sung leading roles in the great opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Paris Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival.  Ms. Graham has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony.  She has collaborated often with some of the world’s most renowned conductors.  Ms Graham is a native of Midland, Texas and a graduate of Manhattan School of Music.  Susan Graham is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Schwabacher Award of San Francisco Opera's Merola Program.

Wintley Phipps has traveled the world for more than 25 years performing for U.S. Presidents, at the Vatican and audiences on five continents.   His vocals of gospel acclamation have won him broad critical acclaim.  Mr. Phipps was nominated for Grammy Awards in 1989 and 1989 and has made a number of television appearances throughout his career.  He is the founder the U.S. Dream Academy, an online Christian academic resource.

Guy Hovis has entertained millions with his exceptional signing talent for more than four decades.  A native of Tupelo Mississippi, Mr. Hovis was a signature performer on the Lawrence Welk show from 1970-1982.   During his twelve years with the show, Mr. Hovis became an accomplished record producer and songwriter earning him a nomination for producer of the year from the Gospel Music Association.  During  the 1970's and 1980's Hovis’ television credits included appearances with  Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jim Nabors, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore. His work for various charitable organizations has garnered awards from The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and Childhelp USA. 

The United States Marine Band has been an important part of national events for more than two centuries.  Established in 1798, the Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization.  Its primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.  The played their first Inauguration in 1801 for President Thomas Jefferson who gave the band the title, “The President’s Own.”   John Philip Sousa was the 17th  Many of his now famous marches were written during his tenure and first performed by the Marine Band.  The Band performs across the country and around the world.  Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Colburn is the current and 27th director of the Band. director of the band.

The United States Naval Academy Men's Glee Club is the largest and most active of the Naval Academy's musical organizations. They have appeared numerous television shows and specials including The Kennedy Center Honors.  They participate in annual performances of Handel's Messiah, which have been broadcast over public television stations throughout the country. They have performed choral masterpieces with the Naval Academy Women's Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The United States Naval Academy Women's Glee Club was founded in 1976, when women first entered the Naval Academy.  This exciting ensemble has performed across America and internationally including the nationally televised "Christmas in Washington." The Women's Glee Club's diverse repertoire includes folk songs, patriotic compositions, popular music and Broadway tunes.

The United States Navy Sea Chanters are an 18-voice chorus of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.   They perform a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music to Broadway musicals.  Formed in 1956 as an all male choral group, female voices were added in 1980, and the chorus' repertoire expanded.  The Sea Chanters, are led by Senior Chief Musician Russell J. Rathier and musical director, Chief Musician Keith D. Hinton.  They appear throughout the United States and often perform at the White House, the Vice President's residence and for other Washington events.

The Alcorn State University Concert Choir is comprised of 48 music majors attending Alcorn State University in Mississippi.  These talented signers perform a wide variety of choral music at the premier level.  They are known for their traditional choral music and gospel spirituals.  A disciplined singing group with high musical standards, they were a featured performer at Walt Disney World’s Music Week in 2004.  Many of the choir members have gone on to successful careers in music including playing leading roles in opera houses around the world.  They are directed by Dr. David Blackburn.

The United States Army Herald Trumpets were formed in 1959 by Gilbert Mitchell and Bramwell Smith; who were executive officers of the “Pershing’s Own,” U.S. Army Band.  Musicians who play in the section have backgrounds in trumpet, trombone and other brass instruments.  For more than 40 years the Herald Trumpets have played opening fanfares for heads of state and other dignitaries.  The group has also performed during the opening of the Olympic Summer Games.  They are a fixture of White House State visit and Presidential events.

Technical Sergeant Bradley Bennett, United States Air Force, is a tenor vocalist and member of the Singing Sergeants.  Sgt. Bennett is a native of Kent, Ohio, and his Air Force career began in 2000.   He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music specializing in vocal performance from Kent State University in 1996.  He is the two-time winner of the Tuesday Music Club’s scholarship competition and the recipient of the Irene Beamer Memorial Scholarship.  He is the first Air Force performer to fill this role at a Presidential Inauguration.

The United States Air Force Band is the Air Force's premier musical organization.  For more than 60 years it has entertained audiences through its engaging concerts and masterful recordings.  The band has earned a reputation as "America's International Musical Ambassadors."  Over the years components of the Band have journeyed to Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East, performing in over 50 countries and 42 world capitals. These international performances have imparted firsthand insight into America's culture and fostered a solid foundation for better understanding among the citizens of the world. Through these and similar efforts, The United States Air Force Band stands as one of the most potent instruments of goodwill at the command of the American people.