Military Bands Preparing For Trump’s Inauguration

With the January 20th inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump fast approaching, the United States military bands are preparing for what Capt. Kenneth Collins, commanding officer for the U.S. Navy Band, said is “one of the most important things we do.”

Over 5,000 members of the military will be providing ceremonial support during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

It is a time honored tradition that started in 1789 when George Washington was escorted to Federal Hill in New York City to be sworn in as the first commander in chief, according to Military.com.

A commanding officer can be overheard giving the members of the band guidelines for the big day.

“Get a fresh haircut and you’re good to go,” he told the troops.

See clips of some of the bands’ special rehearsals below.

Credit: Spc. William Lockwood | Date Taken: 01/11/2017
Members of the U.S. Navy Band rehearse for the 58th Presidential Inauguration Parade at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., Jan 11, 2017.

 

More than 5,000 U.S. Military personnel are rehearsing for the Presidential Inauguration. The personnel will provide a ceremonial support as the new President takes office. (Jan. 13)

 

Credit: Spc. William Lockwood | Date Taken: 01/11/2017
Members of the U.S. Navy Band rehearse for the 58th Presidential Inauguration Parade at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., Jan 11, 2017. (DoD video by U.S. Army Spc. William Lockwood)Interview of U.S. Navy Capt. Kenneth Collins, commanding officer for the U.S. Navy Band; hometown Reno, Nevada.

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