- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Marine Corps Band has confirmed that it, along with Beyonce Knowles, faked Monday’s national anthem at President Obama’s second Inaugural.

Band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn conducted the Star-Spangled Banner energetically, but the band members were actually mimicking blowing into their instruments. It’s been reported that Beyonce even removed her earpiece during the performance while lip-syncing the lyrics.

“We don’t know why Beyonce decided to use prerecorded music,” a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band told the Washingtonian Tuesday. “All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that’s something we’ve done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyonce wanted to use the recording.”

There are no reports of a singer ever lip-syncing the national anthem during a president’s inauguration.



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