Traditions are being broken left and right heading into a Donald Trump administration. Now the president-elect may not have the traditional marching band present at his Inauguration because not one in Washington D.C. applied to want to perform.
A spokeswoman for D.C. public schools said some schools cite budget restrictions or that they didn’t have enough band members. Many remained silent, which if we could speak for them they simply do not want to perform for Trump.
“I think everybody knows why and no one wants to say and lose their job,” Howard’s band director John Newson told CBS D.C.
In addition, it is not only bands in the DC area who are opting out. According to NBC Washington, “bands in neighboring counties, including Prince George’s County and Arlington County have chosen not to apply.”
Trump’s team can still seek other performers at their wish. However, looking at the fact famous singers to school kids are refusing to perform, don’t hold your breath.