FAU pep band to play before Trump Super Bowl watch party

President Donald Trump listens to the Palm Beach Central High School band before his Super Bowl watch party at Trump International Golf Club last year. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Atlantic University’s pep band will perform for President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump this evening at Trump International Golf Club before the first couple hosts a Super Bowl watch party, according to a White House advisory.

From a White House advisory for today.


Will FAU’s marching band make Trump International Golf Club a Boogie Wonderland?

A band from Palm Beach Central High School performed for the president and first lady before the Super Bowl last year, playing Green Day’s “Holiday” and other numbers on a lawn just outside the clubhouse.

“Every year we do this,” Trump explained to the band last year. “I really appreciate it. Take care of yourselves. Go watch the game. Enjoy the game. … Good luck everybody.”

There’s been no word yet on what the FAU band will play.

A visit to the band’s website in an attempt to glean its repertoire reveals the Marching Owls performed Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland,” the late Chuck Berry‘s “Johnny B. Goode” and the FAU fight song at halftime of the FAU-North Texas homecoming game in Boca Raton in October.

Trump, who arrived at Mar-a-Lago on Friday night for the 12th visit of his presidency, is expected to leave for Washington at 9 p.m. tonight.

FAU’s band has played for Trump Super Bowl parties twice before, FAU spokeswoman Lisa Metcalf said.

Although the White House advisory lists the FAU marching band as performing, Metcalf said marching band is a fall-term class, so FAU is sending the pep band, which is about 25 musicians.

Metcalf said the FAU band was first asked to play at the Trump Super Bowl party in 2015. She said the band was invited last year but had a scheduling conflict and couldn’t attend.