Petition aims to stop UT band from performing in Trump inaugural parade

The UT marching band performs in a presidential inaugural parade in this undated photo from the book "History of the University of Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Marching Band," by UT band alumni and Knoxvillian Larry Murphy. (Special to the Knoxville News Sentinel)

A petition calling on the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to stop the university marching band from playing in President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade had garnered more than 1,000 signatures byTuesday afternoon, according to the petition on

"As either proud residents of Tennessee or proud University of Tennessee alumni, we are greatly disturbed by the behavior exhibited by Donald Trump both during and after the recent presidential campaign," says a letter accompanying the petition, which was started by Tennessee resident Scott Lillard, of Goodlettsville. "He has made racist and sexist remarks that should never come out of the mouth of someone in public office. As residents of Tennessee, we believe that the attendance at the upcoming inauguration of a band representing the state of Tennessee would condone this behavior."

Lillard did not respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday and it wasn't clear what connection he had to the university, though his letter is signed "concerned citizens and alumni."

Read more at our news partner's website,