Piano Guys

The Piano Guys, one of the hottest instrumental musical groups with ties to Utah, will be taking their talents to Washington, D.C. next week to play at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

They are the latest in a growing contingency making the journey to the nation’s capital from Utah. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform during the inauguration ceremonies Friday.

Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson and Paul Anderson make up The Piano Guys and will be performing in a concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday evening.

“The Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration,” will feature several musicians and performers including an appearance from actor Jon Voight.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has assigned Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to represent church at the inauguration.

According to a church statement, “Their presence continues a tradition, going back more than a century, of Mormon leadership supporting and celebrating the process that makes possible the peaceful transfer of power.”

Others with Utah ties said they would go if invited including singer/performer Marie Osmond. Marie and her brother Donny performed at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inauguration.

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at gpugmire@heraldextra.com, (801) 344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

A 32-year veteran of covering news in Utah County, Genelle covers Provo, Orem, Faith/Religion, including the LDS Church and general assignments.