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Governor Gary Herbert Becomes the First Utah Governor to Conduct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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During the July 15, 2017 Pioneer Day concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and guest artist Alex Boyé, Governor Gary Herbert made history.

Near the end of the concert, announcer Lloyd Newell took the stage and said the following:

“Most everyone here knows that the great State of Utah is celebrating the arrival of a small group of pioneers who arrived in this valley 170 years ago this coming Monday. And I’m sure you also know that the man who led them—and the thousands who followed—was soon appointed governor of the Territory of Utah.
Now, for all of Brigham Young’s accomplishments and accolades, he was never invited to conduct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is a long-standing tradition the Choir has as it tours around the world … inviting renowned leaders to join us on stage as guest conductors.
And, for that matter, no governor of Utah since Brother Brigham has ever been accorded that honor.
But, tonight, we’re changing that, as we’ve invited the governor of our great state, Gary Herbert, to take over at the podium and conduct the Choir and Orchestra in one last number … for each of you.
So, please, let’s give a warm welcome for our friend and Governor, Gary Herbert!”

The governor then took his place on the podium and conducted the Choir and Orchestra in “This Land is Your Land.”

Congratulations Governor!