Historically Black College’s Band is Set to Perform at Trump Inauguration Despite Getting Push Back

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The oldest, private Historically Black College (HBCU) in Alabama, Talladega College, will be the only one of its kind performing at the Trump Inauguration parade on January 20th in Washington, D.C.

No other HBCU, including the prominent Howard University, located just a couple of miles from the White House, even applied to perform. Howard University’s band performed at President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.


According to Washington, D.C.’s NBC4, the D.C. Public Schools spokesperson claims that no D.C.-area high school marching bands applied to perform.

However, Talladega College’s marching band, led by Miguel Bonds, did say “yes,” and will be one of 40 organizations officially confirmed to perform during the event, as of last Friday.


In an interview, Bonds tells Independent Journal Review that he submitted the performance application before the deadline several months back. And at the time of the band’s submission, according to Bonds, he didn’t know who the next president would be. That said, Bond was still happy when he learned that Talladega was selected.

But not everyone is thrilled with the news.


But some are celebrating with Talladega College for its once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:

The Presidential Inaugural Committee released the names of parade participants in alphabetical order on Friday, December 30th:

1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas

1st Infantry Division Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard – Fort Riley, Kansas

Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team – Burlington, Kentucky

Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer – Fort Myer, Virginia

Cleveland Police Mounted Unit – Cleveland, Ohio

Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida

Columbus North High School Band – Columbus, Indiana

Culver Academy Equestrian – Culver, Indiana

First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion – Waynesboro, Virginia

Frankfort High School Band – Ridgeley, West Virginia

Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team – Indianapolis, Indiana

Lil Wranglers – College Station, Texas

Marist College Band – Poughkeepsie, New York

Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California

Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan

Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums – East Meadow, New York

North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association – Hillsborough, North Carolina

NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums – East Moriches, New York

Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Illinois

Palmetto Ridge High School Band – Naples, Florida

Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas

Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama

Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas

The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina

The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado

Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi

University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee

VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia

West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana

American Veterans – National

Boy Scouts of America – National

US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations – National

Disabled American Veterans – National

Paralyzed American Veterans – National

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors– National

US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National

Wounded Warrior Project – National

Kids Overseas– National

IJR asked Bonds whether, knowing his band will be playing for President-elect Donald Trump, he will still make the trip to Washington for the Inauguration performance. he went silent. We didn’t hear back by deadline. This piece will be updated, if and when more information is received.



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