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Dougherty Chorale to perform in D.C.

September 21, 2005

Albany- A south Georgia choral group's talent and reputation will carry them all the way to Washington D.C. One choral group is chosen from each state to perform for lawmakers, and the Dougherty High Chorale is being brought back by popular demand.

The 40 voices headed to Washington D.C. belong to the students who make up the Dougherty High Chorale. Many of them will make their third trip to our nation's capitol, something that's never been done before.

"We have been asked back and it really is an honor to be asked back," said Raquel Ewings, Dougherty High Senior.

"We're the only group that has been asked to return each year and it's an honor," said Mark Butler, Dougherty High Chorale Instructor.

The group, nominated by Congressman Sanford Bishop, packed their bags and boarded a bus this afternoon to represent the entire state of Georgia.

"We'll be singing before legislators, from different states and different areas of the United States," said Butler.

"We're basically used to singing before a very large crowd, all the time," said Victoria Powell, Dougherty High Senior.

You could say they've saved the best for last, the Chorale will perform last Thursday night at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference's Gospel Extravaganza.

"We try to work them real hard and get them prepared and make sure they're able to perform beyond their best," said Butler.

That's just what students plan to do live up to the reputation they've set.

"We sing before people and just give them the opportunity to experience who we are," said Powell.

And hope that they'll be asked for another encore. The Dougherty High Chorale will perform three songs. The Gospel Extravaganza begins at eight Thursday night at the Washington Convention Center.

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