When Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Chicago Thursday evening, not only will he be greeted by the mayor, the governor and civic and business leaders, but also by a group of young people from far South Suburban Richton Park.
Their performance is at the request of the Chinese Commerce of Chicago.
"We are indeed honored and privileged to be a part of such a monumental event," said Rich South band director Yolandus Douglas. "What an honor for our school, our district and our community."
Hu's two-day visit to Chicago, his only destination outside of Washington, D.C., is intended to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.