Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

January 21, 2013

Concord grad part of Air Force band to perform at Inaugural Ball

GOSHEN — A Concord graduate will have an up-close view of history being made as the president and first lady step onto the floor for the first dance at the Inaugural Ball tonight.

Master Sgt. Emily Justiniano plays the French horn with Ceremonial Brass, the U.S. Air Force Band’s all brass and percussion ensemble. She and her fellow military musicians and the USAF Honor Guard will march in the Inaugural Parade Monday along the 1.5 mile route that begins at Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and continues past the White House.

Following the parade, Justiniano and Ceremonial Brass will play at the Inaugural Ball, including providing music for the first dance for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

This is Justiniano’s third performance at inaugural ceremonies.

“It is such an honor to be able to serve our country by playing music,” Justiniano said. “The professional musicians I work with are some of the finest in the country. To be representing our military who serve 365 (days a year) across the world — it’s an honor.”

Justiniano, 43, graduated from Concord High School in 1987, where she was a marching Minuteman under then-Director Max Jones.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a master of music degree from Temple University. She began her Air Force career in 1997.

The master sergeant performs ceremonial missions daily across the national capitol region. A big part of her job is playing during soldier’s services at Arlington National Cemetery year ’round.

“We are proud to render final honors,” she said.

When not playing with the ensemble, she does graphic design for the band, but music is the bulk of her military service.

Along with Arlington missions, she plays for top military officials often, including several performances for President Obama.

“It’s very exciting,” Justiniano said, “to be a part of history.”

1
Text Only
Breaking News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Poll

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes, I have noticed more problem properties
No, I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results