The White House played a different tune Wednesday after telling a middle school band it wasn't polished enough to play Hail to the Chief to welcome President Bush to Cape Cod. The advance team for today's visit told the school principal the band couldn't play the presidential anthem because middle school musicians couldn't handle the song's "ruffles and flourishes," school officials said.
Community pressure got the White House to allow the band to play the tune, although not everyone here is willing to forgive.
"The advance team is afraid the kids are going to choke or play the wrong thing," said band leader Michael Persico. "They're crushed. This is the only gift these kids could offer their president, and they're being told it's not good enough."