On Wednesday morning, the Pride of the Southland Band rolled out of Knoxville to continue an honored tradition—representing the state of Tennessee in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. The band will march in Friday’s 58th inaugural parade. This will be the band’s 13th appearance in the parade—more than any other civilian organization. Their first parade was in 1965.
A number of media outlets came out to cover the band’s departure.
Times Free Press: Tradition, Not Politics, Puts Tennessee Band in Trump Parade
News Sentinel, USA Today network: UT Band Director: Playing at Inaugural Parade ‘Not about Politics‘
News Sentinel archive photo gallery: UT Band in Past U.S. Presidential Inauguration Parades