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Tampa Bay Children's Chorus to perform at inauguration
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Tampa Bay Children's Chorus to perform at inauguration

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- A little girl who uses her vocal talents to tell people about autism, a Naval Academy midshipman from Florida who sings with the Navy Glee Club and a children's chorus from Temple Terrace will perform the National Anthem at three events celebrating Gov.-elect Rick Scott's inauguration.

The Scott inaugural committee today announced plans for musical events at the traditional prayer breakfast on inauguration day, Jan. 4, the swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol and a salute to the military on the eve of the ceremony.

Gina Marie Incandela, an 8-year-old Kissimmee girl diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 2, will perform the National Anthem at the prayer breakfast. While coping with her learning disorder, she has become a nationally known performer of inspirational songs and works to change public perception of people with disabilities.

Scott invited the Tampa Bay Children's Chorus to perform at his swearing-in ceremony at noon on Jan. 4. The chorus has performed at festivals from New York to New Orleans, as well as touring in London, Paris and Vienna.

The inaugural festivities will feature an appearance by Lily Kristina Powers of West Palm Beach, a Naval Academy midshipman and member of the Navy Glee Club. She will sing the anthem on Jan. 3 at a tribute to the military at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. She is a political science major and will graduate from Annapolis next May, becoming a surface warfare officer in the Navy.

Scott and Lt.Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll both served in the Navy.

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