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Adams County teen to perform at Trump's inauguration

Written by Abbey Zelko/York Daily Record | Jan 18, 2017 6:22 PM
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Andrea Griesacker, a 17-year-old baton twirler from Littlestown, will perform at president-elect Donald Trump's pre-inauguration concert on Thursday. She's hoping the performance will bring her sport into public light. (Photo: Submitted)

(Littlestown) -- When Andrea Griesacker tells people she's a baton twirler, most don't understand what that means.

"I twirl a stick in the air, and make it look pretty," she said she tells them.

But after she travels to Washington D.C. this week for the biggest performance of her career, the Adams County teen is hoping her sport will no longer need an explanation.

On Thursday, the 17-year-old from Littlestown will perform in front of 100,000 people at president-elect Donald Trump's pre-inauguration Voices of the People concert on the National Mall.

Her baton team TwirlTasTix - based in Bel Air, Maryland - was one of about a dozen groups selected from hundreds across the country to perform.

"I don't think anyone in the sport of baton twirling has done something on this scale before," Griesacker said.

Her coach Christine Zoll said she applied for TwirlTasTix to be part of the inaugural festivities in early November.

"I always wanted to take the sport of baton twirling into more of a public light," Zoll said.

She initially applied for the inaugural parade. But by early December, she found out her team was selected for an even better opportunity - to perform at the pre-inaugural concert.

"I didn't realize you could even sign up for this kind of stuff," Griesacker said.

Griesacker, the only Pennsylvanian on the team, will be one of 16 twirlers making the trip to D.C.

She said her team is preparing for the performance the same way they prepare for high-level national competitions - several hours of practice almost every day of the week. Just last year, TwirlTasTix placed third in a national competition at the University of Notre Dame.

"It's very intense practice," Zoll said. "We really have to come together as a team."

The team will perform to three or four songs, including Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America" and patriotic marching music.

Zoll said she hopes her team understands what an amazing opportunity it is to perform at the inauguration.

"I want them to just learn, first of all, this is for our country, so it's a huge honor to do this," she said. "Being able to represent the sport of twirling in a public way is a huge deal."

After their performance, the team is invited to sit in a special VIP section for the "Make America Great Again!" Welcome Celebration, featuring remarks from Trump and performances from Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood and more.

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