A marching band from one of Washington, D.C.’s public schools has performed in each of the last five inaugural parades, but it appears none of them want to soak their reeds for Donald Trump.
A spokeswoman for the school district told a local NBC affiliate that she was not aware of a single band that applied to participate in the president-elect’s inauguration next month. (The deadline passed in early December.)
While some schools declined to comment on their non-participation, others said they were facing budget problems or restructuring their bands. But John Newsom, the band director for Howard University, which marched in President Obama’s first inaugural parade, sees the snub as political: “I think everybody knows why and no one wants to say and lose their job.”
Teens across the country may also be icing Trump.
“We didn’t get the response that we got the last time, with Obama. Some groups responded, but with some groups it was crickets,” Luke Wiscombe, the marketing director of a company that organizes national band trips for schools, told NBC Washington. “We’re seeing a little less enthusiasm to be a part of this event.”
There are still a number of bands from outside D.C. in the running to perform, but this is an obvious setback for the incoming administration. There is literally nothing in the world that cuts deeper than when a teen is mean to you. Nothing.