The claim: Military band played 'Hit the Road Jack' outside of the Trump White House
On former President Donald Trump's last full day in office, a video went viral on social media purporting to show a military band marching outside of the White House playing "Hit the Road Jack."
"Military Band Plays 'Hit The Road Jack' in front of the WH!" reads the text over a TikTok video, which was posted to Facebook on Jan. 19.
"Military band playing Hit the Road Jack while marching in front of the White House is a beautiful level of petty," the Facebook user captioned the video, which has over 200 reactions. The original TikTok video has over 47,000 likes.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user for comment.
Video is doctored
The viral video was originally taken by CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and posted to his Twitter account on Jan. 18. In the original video, the band is not playing "Hit the Road Jack."
Lead Stories identified that the video used in the claims had been altered with an audio recording of the Ohio State University Marching Band performing "Hit The Road Jack," conducted by Dr. Jon R. Woods. According to the video's caption, the audio was copyrighted in 2012 and posted to YouTube in 2015.
Preps for Biden inaugural... you can hear the band playing on WH grounds. pic.twitter.com/8tBdFy1cDS
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 18, 2021
Military District of Washington spokeswoman Shaunteh Kelly also confirmed to Snopes that the video is altered and said, "The Army Band was rehearsing the ‘National Emblem’ as a part of the military’s precision, teamwork, and dedication to ceremonial excellence. The video was edited. Someone superimposed another band playing ‘Hit the Road Jack.’”
The "National Emblem" is played before ceremonies, street parades, pass in review, and inspection of troops, according to the U.S. Army Band. When President Joe Biden arrived to the White House door, the military band played "Hail to the Chief," USA TODAY reported.
Our rating: Altered
The claim that a military band played "Hit the Road Jack" outside of the White House on Trump's last day in office is ALTERED, based on our research. The video has been altered with a recording from the Ohio State University Marching Band playing the song years ago. A Military District of Washington spokeswoman confirmed that the band was rehearsing the song "National Emblem."
Our fact-check sources:
Jim Acosta, Jan. 20, Tweet
YouTube, Feb. 28, 2015, "Hit The Road Jack"
Snopes, Jan. 20, "Did Military Band Play 'Hit the Road Jack' Outside the White House?"
Lead Stories, Jan. 20, "Fact Check: Military Band Was NOT Playing 'Hit The Road Jack' Outside White House Gates"
YouTube, Nov. 9, 2015, "BAGLEY, "National Emblem"- "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band"
The United States Army Band, "Videos for Virtual Ceremonies"
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Altered video swaps music Army Band played in rehearsal