Band From Historically Black Alabama College To March At Trump Inauguration

Band From Historically Black Alabama College To March At Trump Inauguration

A historically black college is facing criticism for allowing its marching band to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration happening later this month.

Alabama's Talladega College, which is the oldest historically black liberal arts college in the state, has decided to let its Tornado Marching Band (or The Marching Tornados as they are commonly referred to as) perform alongside a number of other university marching bands for Trump's inauguration, and inevitably the choice has created some controversy for the school.

"We were a bit horrified to hear of the invitation," Shirley Ferrill, a member of Talladega's Class of 1974, said in an interview with CBS. "I don't want my alma mater to give the appearance of supporting him. Ignore, decline or whatever, but please don't send our band out in our name to do that."

Ferrill also launched her own petition urging the college to withdraw from the event.

However, some have voiced their support of The Marching Tornados performing at the inauguration. Dollan Young, a Talladega student, started a petition in defense of the college marching band, stating "It's not to support of no political party it's about the experience that the students will obtain," in his appeal.

A number of high school and university bands that normally participate in the inaugural parade are choosing to not to apply this time around. One of the marching bands include Howard University's Showtime Marching Band, which will not be a part of this year's inaugural event.

"I think everybody knows why and no one wants to say and lose their job," John Newson, Howard's band director, said in an interview with NBC.

Along with The Marching Tornados, other confirmed performances for Trump's inauguration include Jackie Evancho and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Pop star Rebecca Ferguson has stated that she would also perform at the event, but only under one condition — she gets to sing "Strange Fruit."