For the first time in 20 years, no Washington, D.C., public school marching band will perform at the inaugural parade.
According to a Wednesday report from NBC Washington, no local public schools submitted applications to perform in the parade. The original deadline was Nov. 28 but was extended to Dec. 5 to allow more time to apply. A D.C. public schools spokeswoman told the NBC affiliate that she was unaware of any band in the district that had applied to participate in the Jan. 20 parade.
Other high schools in the area also reportedly declined to submit applications:
No bands in Arlington County or Prince George’s County public schools applied, according to district representatives. A Fairfax County schools spokesman was not aware of any schools that had applied, and a Montgomery County schools spokeswoman did not have information available.
The University of Maryland’s College Park campus also declined to perform again. The band was performed at Obama’s 2013 inauguration.
The Trump inauguration does have its national anthem singer confirmed: “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho announced on “Today” Wednesday morning that she would be performing in January. The 16-year-old Evancho placed second on the 2010 edition of the reality show and has previously performed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting and National Prayer Breakfast.