He is 11 years old.
“I’m feeling happy,because at least they liked us enough to invite us back,” Zion said. “I’m feeling overjoyed.”
Zion is a cymbal player in the Isiserettes,a drum and drill corps based in Des Moines,Iowa. The group was founded in 1980 by Zion’s great-grandmother.
During the inaugural parade,52 Isiserette members will be pounding,marching and dancing their way down Pennsylvania Avenue. It is their second inaugural performance,and another in a long line of events involving President Barack Obama. The group performed at several of his campaign events before he became president,as well as at the White House Easter Egg Roll two years ago.
Cory Williams,37,the lead drum instructor for the Isiserettes,said it was an honor to be invited back to the inauguration. He said he is most looking forward to performing in warmer temperatures – projected at 40 degrees – this time around. The high temperature for the 2009 inauguration was 28 degrees.
“We’ll really get a chance to put the elements out of our mind,and just celebrate as a team,as a family,how exciting it is to be a part of this,” Williams said.
This is the first inauguration for some of the Isiserettes. Kailyn Fisher and Grisell Martinez,both 9,are dancers on the team.
“It’s exciting to be here and get to view the experience,” Kailyn said. “I know a lot of people don’t get to,and it’s just awesome to be here.”
Kailyn and Grisell said they are nervous for Monday,but after a lot of practice,they feel they are ready.
Zion,an old pro at the inaugural parade,said he isn’t too nervous this time around.
But,he admits,that wasn’t the case four years ago.
“It’s just – like a part of history,” Zion said. “And once you’re in it,it can’t be erased.”
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