University of Tennessee Marching Band Selected for Trump Inauguration Parade: Report

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Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The University of Tennessee marching band has been selected to perform at the inauguration parade for President-elect Donald Trump, according to the state's local new outlets, including the Knoxville News Sentinel.

After the swearing-in ceremony at the National Mall, the 300-member band will join paraders from 40 different organizations, including high school and college marching bands, first responders and veterans groups at the Jan. 20 festivities in Washington, D.C.

"We are pleased to be a part of the inauguration parade, and proud of our longstanding participation in one of our nation's great traditions," UT spokeswoman Karen Simsen told the newspaper.

A letter from the inaugural committee to the Pride of the Southland Band posted online reads: "We had a record number of applicants, so your selection is a testament to your organization’s talent and enthusiasm. Your participation will help make this Inauguration truly historic."

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who was an early supporter of Trump's campaign, tweeted his congratulations to the band Friday morning (Dec. 30).

After marching in every inauguration parade since 1965, the band was not invited to President Barack Obama's second inauguration in January 2013, reportedly being told they had performed too many times in the past.

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Here is the full list of organizations selected to join the parade, from Nashville's NBC TV station:

1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas
1st Infantry Commanding General’s Mounted Color – Ft. 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
Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit – Arlington, Virginia
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
US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National
Wounded Warriors - National
Kids Overseas– National

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