By JOSH EDELSONSTEIN and MICHAEL BENDOCHALABALONKA The Associated PressLincoln Park Band of Lincoln Park, N.Y. (AP) Obama says the band will play at some point at the new White House as he tries to build support for a tax hike.
The president says in a statement on Wednesday the Lincoln Park band will be playing “once again” at the inauguration ceremony.
“The band is the heart and soul of our country and is a symbol of the American people,” he said.
“We will be there, and we are committed to standing up for those who have been forgotten.”
The Lincoln Park group said in a news release that it was honored to be able to play in the inauguration and is grateful to the White Nationalist Movement for the invitation.
Obama’s announcement comes as the band is set to play its first concert in the new year in Philadelphia.
Lincoln Heights, Ill., band The Lincoln Heights Trio will play its inaugural concert Jan. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, which will also be home to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The band’s manager, Dave Daley, said in an email that he expects a full roster of band members will be announced next week.
A group of young men and women from Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia joined the band in 2015 to play concerts across the country to raise awareness about gun control.
The group has not announced a specific date for the inauguration but has indicated it will play once.