Anticipation was high for students at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy who will perform for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her trip to Dallas on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Principal Nakia Douglas explained the school’s jazz band and choir received a special invitation to perform during Clinton’s visit to Mountain View College, where hundreds are expected to attend.
“I was totally surprised and excited by the call,” said Douglas. “But I’m more excited for some of the brothers from Barack Obama who will have an opportunity to see one of the greatest minds of our country, and hear her insight on education and world affairs.”
Both groups are hurrying to prepare for their performances.
For sophomore Jeremy Terrell, it means belting out the perfect notes during the national anthem.
“Being chosen to have the experience of singing for the former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate could opens more doors for me,” said Terrell.
Pushing any anxious nerves aside, Terrell is most concerned with pleasing the audience.
“I am very grateful to [use]my singing talent, and I hope the audience enjoys the performance,” said Terrell.
The Obama jazz band and choir have led successful programs developing its members. Douglas said requests for them to perform at events are now becoming the norm. Last week, he received an invitation request from both Dallas ISD Trustee Miguel Solis and Sen. Royce West for the groups to play.
“I am fortunate to have a team who is always prepared to take on any task asked of them on behalf of the district,” said Douglas. “I am equally proud of our band and choir students who have garnered the attention of dignitaries locally, and now nationally.”
Students participating in the event will play ahead of former the Secretary of State’s arrival. This is Clinton’s third trip to Texas, including stops in San Antonio and Houston prior to her visit to North Texas.