In each of the past five inaugural parades, at one least one DC-area marching band has performed–that won’t be the case this year because none of the bands applied to perform according to NBC Washington.
A D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman told NBC Washington she wasn’t aware of any marching band in the district that applied to participate in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade on January 20.
The reasons for not participating varied; some schools citing budgetary constraints, others saying their bands didn’t have enough people to participate.
Many schools declined comment or did not elaborate on why they did not apply.
Howard University’s band marched in Obama’s first inaugural parade but didn’t apply to march in Trump’s parade.
Speaking to NBC Washington, Howard University band director John Newson did admit the political beliefs of band directors and school administrators could have played a role in their decision to not participate in the parade.
“I think everybody knows why and no one wants to say and lose their job,” Newson said.
Source: CBS Washington