John J. Duncan Jr.

Tradition, not politics, puts Tennessee band in Trump parade

The University of Tennessee marching band will perform Friday in its 15th presidential inaugural parade since 1953, despite a social media backlash over statements made by President-elect Donald Trump.

The band has marched for every president since Dwight Eisenhower, a tradition that transcends politics, band director Don Ryder told The Associated Press. He said the Pride of the Southland band applied to participate in the inaugural parade in October, before the presidential election, and the trip "isn't about politics at all."

Ryder said participation is voluntary, but "nobody" said they didn't want to go because of Trump.

"We would be...