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PS 22 students return to Staten Island after whirlwind inauguration performance

Posted: 10:32 PM, Jan 21, 2013
Updated: 2013-01-21 23:11:45-05

“We were part of history,” said Isaac Tirado, 10, back in the comfort of his Staten Island home after a whirlwind trip to Washington D.C.

Their performance for the President ended in a matter of minutes but it was an experience that will last a lifetime.

Twin brothers Isaac and Matthew Tirado are the only set of siblings to perform in the PS 22 Chorus who sang on the world stage at President Obama’s second inauguration.

“We both have something to look back at and tell like our children,” said Isaac, 10.

From their vantage point, the boys said they could see so many people so far away, “They looked like ants,” laughed Matthew, 10. PS22

But the person they saw up close and personal was the President himself.

“We got to really see him, better than anyone could because we were right above him. And we saw his daughters and Michelle Obama,” explained Isaac.

The boys parents were watching from their Graniteville, Staten Island home.

“It touched my heart to see them together,” said mother Maria Tirado and her husband added, “This is the greatest opportunity these kids can have.”

As part of the somewhat famous school chorus, these kids have had some cool opportunities – just last month – they sang with Carrie Underwood.

They got a chance to see two more superstars today: Katy Perry and Beyonce.

Chorus director Gregg “Mister B” Breinberg calls himself the proud papa of this chorus.  He orchestrates all of these opportunities.

“Most of them are going to go home and say wow, we saw Katy Perry who came up to see us and years Later they will realize they made history and will take with them for the rest of their lives,” said Breinberg.