Authors: Joshua Cohan
(WASHINGTON) -- Say it ain't so, B. The band wasn't playing when Beyonce sang her rousing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at President Obama's second inauguration Monday. Did she lip-sync?
"We all know Beyonce can sing," Master Sgt. of the U.S. Marine Corps Band Kristin Dubois told ABC News on Tuesday. "We all know the Marine Corps Band can play. We do not know why she decided to go with the pre-recorded music at the last minute."
A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to a question about whether the pop star sang the song or which version inauguration-goers heard on the Mall.
The band was not playing while Beyonce was singing, Dubois added, but it was live during the rest of the performances, including Kelly Clarkson's rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." The band was asked not to play for only that performance, Dubois added.
The issue surfaced Tuesday when Washingtonian magazine first reported that it didn't seem as though the "president's own" Marine Corps Band was playing during her resounding rendition.
The pop star seemed to be having audio issues at one point during the song, pulling out her ear piece.
Dubois said she did not know why Beyonce took the ear piece out.
The Washingtonian also noted that Beyonce posted an Instagram photo of herself in a recording studio holding a copy of the sheet music to the "Star-Spangled Banner."
It's not the first time for synced music at an Obama inauguration. In 2009, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the violinist Itzhak Perlman, because of cold and wind, did not play the version of John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts" that was projected onto the Mall.
Monday's noon temperature of 40 degrees was 3 degrees above the average inauguration swearing-in temperature of 37, according to the Washington Post.
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