Not one D.C. high school marching band wants to play Donald Trump's inauguration

High Schools in the District don't want to be featured on Jan. 20, either

Published December 14, 2016 4:26PM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Marching bands rank among the few things lamer than Kid Rock. Still, you're more likely to find the latter than the former at Donald Trump's inauguration.

"At least one D.C. public school marching band has participated in the past five inaugural parades, but none applied for consideration this year," according to NBC4. "A D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman said she was not aware of any band in the district that had applied to participate in President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade Jan. 20."

As NBC4 noted, even a warmongering neocon managed to find a willing marching band in 2005: "Ballou High School's Majestic Marching Knights performed Destiny's Child's 'Lose My Breath' at George W. Bush's second inaugural parade."

Trump's inauguration is shaping up to be a cultural dead zone. After it was reported last week that the president-elect's Inaugural Committee was scrambling to book a relevant artist, Kanye West visited Trump Tower on Tuesday for a closed-door meeting.

Asked by reporters if he'd be willing to play Trump's inauguration, Kanye said, "I just want to take a picture right now."

Shortly before he was hospitalized last month, West garnered criticism for ending a California concert with a rambling diatribe about how, had he voted, he would’ve voted for Trump.

Meanwhile, the national anthem will be sung by 2010 "America's Got Talent" runner-up Jackie Evancho. Evancho, 16, made the announcement Wednesday on the "TODAY Show."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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