A Complete List Of All Donald Trump Inauguration Performers (Updated)

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Here’s the latest list of confirmed performers for the upcoming Donald Trump Inauguration parade.

Latest changes: Lots of last-minute additions to pre-Inaugural balls, including Sam Moore (from ‘Sam and Dave,’ see Part V below).  The Piano Guys have definitely not backed out (see statement here).  No major cancellations (as least in the past few days)!

Also: Chrisette Michelle also confirmed earlier Thursday, to howls of protest among African-American fans.  That includes Spike Lee, who cancelled her inclusion in his upcoming Netflix series.  More coverage on that ahead.

Part I: The Inauguration Parade.

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Regional Groups

1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas.

This is a ‘special ceremonial unit’ of the US Army, decorated in customized, non-standard regalia.  The group typically performs at ceremonial occasions, like Presidential Inaugurations.

1st Infantry Division Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard – Fort 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.

The group officially confirmed its placement in the upcoming Inauguration.  “It is with great pride that we announce that the Frankfort High School Band has been selected to represent West Virginia in the upcoming Presidential Inaugural Parade on Friday, January 20th in Washington, D.C.  We are thrilled and humbled to once again be a part of American history.”

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

The group has agreed to play, but there has been considerable pressure to cancel.  A former member of the group has now launched a petition demanding that the school cancel; looks like a go, however.

Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California.

This is the only group from California making the trip.  The group is reportedly absorbing the $80,000 cost, but held a successful fundraiser to defray costs.  No protests that we can see, looks like a go.

Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan.

Equestrian team from Michigan.  Lots of showy horse tricks.  More here.

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

The group was $100,000 short of the funds necessary to make the trip, but it looks like a Fox News feature changed that.  At this stage, it’s not clear if they will attend given that they’ve raised only a modest percentage of the funds.  They’re still listed; no word back from the Inaugural committee.  Here’s the group’s GoFundMe page.

Florida Marching Band Agrees to Play the Inauguration; Trump Refuses to Pay Their Costs

Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas

Another green light. The band has confirmed to DMN that they will be there.

Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama

The all-black university band has ruffled feathers among students and alumni alike, but this is definitely a ‘go’.  The band has raised more than $350,000 to make the trip… and counting.

Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas.
The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina.
The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado.

Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi

The group has informed DMN that this is a go.  Coordinator Jason Cross says they have the money, and it’s all down to the details at this point.

University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee.

The band is currently facing protests against its decision to play the Inauguration.  But the group insists this is ‘not about politics’ and is moving forward.  Onward ho!

VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia.
West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana.

National Groups

American Veterans – National.
Boy Scouts of America – National.
US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations – National.
Disabled American Veterans – National .
Paralyzed American Veterans – National.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors– National.
US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National.
Wounded Warrior Project – National.
Kids Overseas– National.

Each branch of the United States military will also be represented.

Part II. Marquee Performers

Toby Keith.

Just confirmed (Jan 13th).  Will lead a “Make America Great Again!” concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

+ A Major Country Star Agrees to Play Trump’s Inauguration (And It’s Not Garth Brooks)…

Jackie Evancho.

The main singer.  Evancho, a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent, will sing the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ to close out the swearing-in ceremonies.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Choir is a longtime Inauguration participant, though this is not without controversy.  The show is happening, though at least one member has publicly quit.

The Rockettes

They are confirmed despite massive in-fighting and resistance.  A large number are refusing to perform.  Despite vocal complaints against Trump, the group itself has been accused of extreme racism against black and darker-skinned performers.

The Rockettes: “One of the Most Racist Organizations in American Entertainment”

Performers for the ‘Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’

The main concert; situated on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, Jennifer Holliday,  Jon Voight, The Piano Guys, RaviDrums, 3 Doors Down, and The Frontmen of Country (featuring Tim Rushlow, former lead singer of “Little Texas”, Larry Stewart of “Restless Heart” and Richie McDonald of “Lonestar”).

Update 1/14 11:00 am: Jennifer Holliday has now pulled out under heavy pressure.  More details here

More from the Inauguration coordinators: “The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration is produced and directed by Emmy Award winners and nominees. For the first time ever, this inaugural event will be a fully produced broadcast event freely available to all U.S. networks, and features the first planned remarks by the President-elect in Washington, D.C. The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration will also be a pooled event.”

Part III: Performers for the ‘ Voices of the People’ Concert:

  • DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
  • King’s Academy Honor Choir
  • The Republican Hindu Coalition
  • Montgomery Area High School Marching Band
  • Marlana Van Hoose
  • Maury NJROTC Color Guard
  • Pride of Madawaska
  • Webelos Troop 177
  • Northern Middle School Honors Choir
  • American Tap Company
  • South Park and District Pipe Band
  • Everett High School Viking Marching Band
  • TwirlTasTix Baton Twirling
  • Celtic United Pipes and Drums

More on all of the above events at the Trump Inaugural website. 

Part IV. Various Pre-Inaugural Ball Performers

(all of these performers are playing various parties pre and post; more details here).

The Reagan Years (80s cover band).

B-Street Band (Springsteen cover band). update 1/16: cancelled under heavy pressure (more details here). 

DJ Freedom.

The MIXX (‘party band’)

Beau Davidson (singer)

Part V. Other Inaugural Balls.

Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls

From the Inauguration Committee: “Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and, for the first time ever, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will provide all television networks the right to freely air the live two-hour show simultaneously in both balls, allowing Americans throughout the country to watch the President’s remarks and first dance with the First Lady.”


  • Sam Moore
  • Tim Rushlow and his Big Band
  • Silhouettes
  • The Rockettes
  • Pelican212
  • The Piano Guys
  • Circus 1903
  • Cache Olson
  • Lexi Walker
  • Erin Boheme.

The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball


  • Tony Orlando
  • Josh Weathers

Part VI. Artist Declining Invitations to Perform.

(that we know of…)

Elton John.

Andrea Bocelli.

David Foster.

Charlotte Church.

Garth Brooks.

Celine Dion.

Rebecca Ferguson.


The Beach Boys.

DC-area Marching Bands (all declined)

George Lopez.

The B Street Band.

Jennifer Holliday.


Paul Anka.

R. Kelly.

More details as they come in!

56 Responses

    • Aleister Crowley's coffee

      The brightest light casts the strongest shadow. It’s a compliment that all of that left-wing trash complains. It’s time they feel the whip.

  1. Anonymous

    ooh – they somehow booked the West Monroe High School Marching Band! Cant wait!!!

    • Aleister Crowley's coffee

      It makes a very good point, that we actually don’t need all of that glittery showbiz garbage.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah they don’t need it. That’s why they didn’t invite any of it only to be turned down.

  2. George Billeci

    I would like to perform at Donald Trumps inauguration. I sing and play guitar and would sing one or two songs with my guitar. It would be an honor to play for our next president. Please let me know.

    thank you

    George Billeci 845 796 0402

  3. Linda Martin

    Celebrities really helped Hillary’s cause…Trump doesn’t need them! Bring on anything military, law enforcement, and middle America!!!

    • Sam

      Many the Russian Army can attend? Ha, what a joke this fake patriotism is.

        • Daniel

          Entirely legal to be communist in the country, by the way.

          • Aleister Crowley's coffee

            Martin Luther King, the sacred cow of Democrats and the worst PhD cheat, lying, philandering and prostitute loving rascal was taking pay from communists for quid pro quo when it was not legal. What do the DNC lackeys do with that FACT? You are right, repeal that bogus holiday and shut up about Trump once and for all. Michael BTW was his real name and not that megalomaniacal Martin Luther.

        • Linda Martin

          Sorry, even “may” will not fix his sentence. He probably meant maybe.

      • Aleister Crowley's coffee

        Many of Hillary’s flunkies will be home that evening wondering how they are going to rip off America now that self-absorbed entitled taxpayer money pilfering globalist narcissism has gone out of fashion.

      • Anonymous

        Much of the Red Army Choir (known more recently as the Alexandrov Ensemble) died in a plane crash a few weeks ago.

      • Dan

        Many members of the Alexandrov Ensemble (Once known as the Red Army Choir) died in a plane crash a few weeks ago. Politics aside, they would have been a significant upgrade for the proposed inaugural show. RIP

    • Laura

      Are you as heartless as Trump have you seen what he did to Charlie Brotman? No one should watch this inauguration after that cruelty

  4. Laura

    After the heartless treatment firing of Charlie Brotman the announcer of Inaugural parades for the last 60 years. Treatment by Trump that brought this grieving man close to suicide. I sincerley wish all parade participants would withdraw.

  5. Linda Martin

    Charlie Brotman is participating again this year. Some people think the worst of everyone. What if people jumped to cancel per your request? We need to put the election behind us and give our new President a chance. If he doesn’t help our country, there will be another election in four years and you can say “you are fired”!

    • Anonymous

      I respect the office but not the man. God is my president. Trump is a person that I don’t have to like but because he is made by God I do have to love. I pray that the hatred he has in his heart for those of us that are not like him be removed someday.

    • John Crockett

      Yes, Charlie Brotman is performing this year but only because NBC gave him a job. Trump fired him with no cause and no respect for tradition and that is what matters.

  6. Nancy Baird I am a Faithful Deplorable!

    Really they should be looking at the non A list they find it an honer and privillage to be able to play at such an important event. The super AList is a bunch classless crooners not worthy to appear at this event. I believe just ordinary people are the real stars and could perform just as well if not better than the stupid morons thinking they are doing something big. Shows their bad manners and disrespect…… Please look into the masses for some real enjoyable talent they are their. This event has been given to the brown nose’s long enough. Who needs them PEOTUS Donald Trump is the real star.


    In reality, does this really matter? It’s not a popularity contest. He was elected to do a job. Who the hell cares which celebrities or musicians show up. I say cut the thing to an hour and let’s get to work.

  8. 777

    Artists aren’t declining because they disagree with Trump–probably going to be the best president since Eisenhower–rather because of the threatening Cultural Marxist scum bullies.

    • Rick Shaw

      Zzzz. While that may be true for some of the mostly unknown acts, it is not the overwhelming case. At least you don’t have a bias.

  9. Aleister Crowley's coffee

    The era of left-wing parasites is over. Self-respect is back for America. The right artists will perform. We don’t need any bubble-gum or sugary trash anyway.

    • Anonymous

      Aleister Crowley’s coffee, shut up and promptly place your head back under the dress of that trash you call “mom”. Make haste! You seem so comfortable there.

      • Aleister Crowley's coffee

        You just have to be a liberal just based on all of that name calling and angry frighted insulting. God Bless ya!

  10. SANDY

    I ALSO HEARD THAT KID ROCK MIGHT BE THERE I HOPE SO ,,N MAYBE HANK JR ..############### CONGRATS #### MR,DONALD TRUMP ######## MR.MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN *****************************************

  11. robert steele (@stlrbrt)

    Trump is going to be the best thing that ever happened to the music business in the last 20 years because unlike his predecessor he is not corrupt and will enforce copyright law. Obama helped crush the American music business by suppressing FTC investigations into Google and Youtube and by forcing the music and motion picture lobby to stand down on piracy enforcement against the tech companies who ran his campaigns.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Robert, I doubt that. The music industry isn’t supporting Trump, particularly at this Inauguration. Hollywood is similar. Both will not be treated kindly by this administration.

      • Aleister Crowley's coffee

        Paul you are right that many artists do not support Trump, but this gentleman was referring to the people that actually run and understand the industry, that makes it possible for artists to exist at all, hence the ‘businessmen’. The businessmen are the industry. The artists are only the ephemeral, expendable product.

  12. Linda Martin

    If we spend the amount of time we waste on quarreling about our country to praying for it, how much better off our, and I mean OUR country would be. We are one people under God with only the word united missing. Love you all!

    • Aleister Crowley's coffee

      Linda you are wise and completely correct. It seems however that the latest fashion and sport in society is harangue, ire, and conflict for the sake of winning an argument that neither side ever convinces each other of.

  13. Patrick Bateman

    Where is Yakov Smirnoff now that we need him to entertain?

  14. Trumpf

    Wow, that’s a huge list of crappy entertainment – a perfect pairing for the new administration.

    • Linda Martin

      Someone like you would criticize military bands. Trump/Trumpf, named yourself after your hero didn’t you?

      • Pince

        From your incoherent, rage-filled comments…it sounds like you’re in the middle of that time of the month. Go eat some chocolate and take a nap.

        • Linda Martin

          What has happened to your “PC” you preached for the last eight years?