troubleshooting Question

How to show a blank for first item in drop down list

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I have a few drop down lists in my ASP.NET web form and would like them not to display the first entry of the data that's used to populate the control, I would like it to be either blank or that it says something like "Choose Item".  The code I use to load and bind the controls is as follows:

cboCategoryList.DataSource = database.GetInventoryCategories();
cboCategoryList.DataValueField = "ID";
cboCategoryList.DataTextField = "Description";

 public DataView GetInventoryCategories()

        string selectStatement =
            "SELECT ID, Description " +
            "FROM InventoryCategories " +
            "ORDER BY ID";
        SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(selectStatement, _connectionString);
        DataTable dt = new DataTable();

            return dt.DefaultView;
        catch (SqlException ex)
            throw ex;

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