New U.S. citizen plays national anthem at naturalization ceremony

6:10 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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As a ceremony began to swear in new American citizens at the federal courthouse, a special guest took center stage.

Daniel Pereira, a cellist with the Harrisburg Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, lent his talents to play the national anthem.

"It's just a very happy piece to play and it's a very meaningful occasion," he says.

On this day, 66 people from 41 countries were sworn in as Americans, including one very accomplished musician -- Daniel.

"I have been here in the United States for 19 years, and to finally make it to this day is a very special and very happy occasion for all of us," he says.

In front of familly and friends, Daniel fulfilled his American dream. A native of Venezuela, Daniel came up with the idea to share this gift of music with his fellow new citizens.

"They made it happen and I was very glad I was able to do it."

WKYC-TV

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