Ty Allen '21 and Arianna Harris-Kawano '22, members of the Hanover College Concert Choir, performed two selections during the virtual inauguration of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb '90. The gubernatorial event aired online Monday, Jan. 11.
Allen and Harris-Kawano, accompanied by Professor of Music Madlen Batchvarova, were included in the ceremony through their video performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Back Home Again in Indiana."
Watch: "Back Home Again in Indiana"
Holcomb was elected to serve his second term as Indiana's governor during last November's election. He is the fourth Hanover graduate to serve in the state's highest office - joining Thomas Hendricks '41 (1873-77), Albert Porter '42 (1881-85) and Mike Pence '81 (2013-17) - and the first Hanoverian to serve two terms.
As part of Holcomb's 2017 inauguration, members of Hanover's choir surprised the governor with a gift and a pre-event rendition of the College’s "Alma Mater." The ensemble, under Batchvarova's direction, also performed the U.S. national anthem and “Back Home Again in Indiana” during the ceremony.
Before earning his first term as governor, Holcomb served as lieutenant governor under Pence and previously worked as campaign manager and deputy chief of staff for former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. In 2011, he was named Indiana Republican Party chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. He later worked as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Dan Coats.
While at Hanover, Holcomb majored in history with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. He also served two terms as president of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity.
Following graduation from Hanover, he was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., and Lisbon, Portugal, during a six-year stint as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.