CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Talk about a field trip.
Members of Horace Mann Middle School's orchestra will make the short trip to the Capitol to play for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's swearing-in ceremony today.
Violinists, violists, cellists and a bassist - 10 students in all - will perform "The West Virginia Hills" and other pieces from their repertoire.
Students say they found out only Friday that they would play at today's ceremony.
They performed at last Thursday's West Virginia Department of Education Exemplary Schools banquet, and apparently some influential person heard them there, Horace Mann Principal Mickey Blackwell said.
"We got a call from the governor-to-be's office saying we've been recommended," he said.
Students received the sheet music for "The West Virginia Hills" at their Saturday practice. When they rehearsed it Monday afternoon, they said it was only their second time to play the state song.
But students said they would get in plenty of practice before the 10 a.m. ceremony - conductor Ian Jessee will make sure of that.
In addition to his work with Horace Mann students, Jessee conducts the West Virginia Youth Symphony and plays violin for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The giggling students didn't seem shaken by the historic weight of their performance.
Tomblin is West Virginia's second interim governor. The first, Gov. Daniel Farnsworth, held office for seven days in 1869.
"We're pretty well prepared for this," eighth-grade cellist Molly Blackwood said.
The morning ceremony is going to be kind of a big deal.
The investiture ceremony for Tomblin to act as governor will take place at 10 a.m. in front of the Senate Chamber in the state Capitol.
Following the ceremony, the governor and first lady Joanne Tomblin will greet the public at a reception in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.