Cedric Edmon, a student at Howard University, plays drums during the National Cherry Blossom Festival launch luncheon at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Mayor Vincent Gray also spoke, and former American Idol contestant and recording artist Elliott Yamin, who is one of the 2013 festival celebrity ambassadors, performed as well. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Photo by: BARBARA L. SALISBURY

Cedric Edmon, a student at Howard University, plays drums during the National Cherry Blossom Festival launch luncheon at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Mayor Vincent Gray also spoke, and former American Idol contestant and recording artist Elliott Yamin, who is one of the 2013 festival celebrity ambassadors, performed as well. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)