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The Presidential Inaugural Committee has invited Ring of Fire to perform at three official Inaugural events in Washington D.C. in January 2005. The group will first perform at a special candlelight dinner on the eve of the Inauguration in the Grand Hall of the National Museum. The dinner will be for special guests of the President and First Lady.

On January 20, Ring of Fire is honored to represent the state of Oregon as they perform on a float in the 55th Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Musical groups and parade participants have been selected from 45 US states. The parade begins at the US Capitol and ends just past the VIP viewing stands at the White House.

Later that evening, Ring of Fire will perform at the Constitution Ball in the Washington Hilton. States represented at this ball include Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Minnesota, Indiana, Georgia, Connecticut, New Mexico, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Oklahoma as well as Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. It will also be one of the first stops by the President and First Lady of the evening.

Ring of Fire will be holding a Media Day at the Hillsboro Cultural Arts Center on Monday, January 17 from 11 am to 6 pm.

Press Releases

January 16, 2005 - Ring of Fire Selected by ABC News to File Video Phone Reports Throughout the Inauguration (PDF, 97KB)


January 15, 2005 - Presidential Inaugural Committee Selects Ring of Fire to perform at the Constitution Ball in the Washington Hilton (PDF, 62KB)


January 11, 2005 - Oregon youth selected to participate in the 55th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. (PDF, 31KB)


Related Links

List of parade participants
Inauguration Events Calendar of the Inauguration 2005 events
Great Hall of the National Museum where ROF will play for the Candlelight Dinner.
Parade Route Map View of the inauguration parade route
Inaugural Parade History Learn about the history of the Inauguration parade
Swearing In Ceremony Learn more about this ceremony.
Inaugural Ball Ceremonies Learn about the Inaugural Ball Festivities
Inauguration Day Weather Learn what the weather has been like on past Inauguration Days.

News Articles

January 13, 2005 - Ringing in the president. Again (Hillsboro Argus)
By JoAnn Boatwright
Hillsboro-based Ring of Fire handbell choir will ring in George W. Bush's second presidential term next week while riding in the 55th Inauguration Parade...



2005 Inauguration Photos - Share in this exciting adventure through the numerous

2001 Inauguration Photos - From our previous adventure 4 yrs earlier


We wish to thank our generous sponsors who are helping make this trip possible. Their donations are greatly appreciated!!

Quality Chain Corporation
Rick Schmunk
Hillsboro, Oregon


Wells Fargo Bank
Regional Office
Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon


Derrick Kitts
Oregon State Representative
Hillsboro, Oregon

Fred & Philomina Bender
Hillsboro, Oregon


Hillsboro Rotary Foundation
Hillsboro, Oregon

Malmark, Inc.
Plumsteadville, PA


Steven Messenger
Hillsboro, OR

Gil and Penny Messenger
Hillsboro, OR


Michael and Marilyn Egans
Hillsboro, OR

Linda Maloney
Edgewood, NM



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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Takoma Park, MD

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