WASHINGTON — The hair was the giveaway.
Spc. Sara Corry, who arranges music for the band, wore a white peacoat and nude pumps to stand in for Trump's wife, Melania. Corry, 28, said her shoes were new, and while Melania Trump's fashion choices will be a topic of conversation, Corry didn't know what designer she was wearing. Unlike Melania Trump, a native of Slovenia, Corry said she's from Capistrano Beach, California. Her husband-for-the-day, Lowery, has two sons, unlike Trump who has five children.
The faux first couple was joined by Master Sgt. Neil Ewachiw, 47, and Master Sgt. Leigh Ann Hinton, 50, band vocalists who were standing in for Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife, Karen.
During Sunday's dry run, the stand-in president-elect and vice president-elect waved to rows of empty chairs and raised their hands as if they were being sworn in. They spent some time adjusting their positions so that cameras set to capture the real swearings-in could get the best angle, and then workers marked the spots for the actual players.
Around them, the Capitol was still being readied for Inauguration Day. Workers unfurled a large flag between a pair of the Capitol's columns. Some red, white and blue bunting remained draped in plastic to protect it, and the sound of sawing and hammering could be heard intermittently during gaps in the patriotic music.
Not everyone participating in the pageant needed to be a good match for the person they were playing, with men playing women and women playing men. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who will swear in Pence and became the court's second African-American member when he joined the court in 1991, was played Sunday by a woman with long, blonde hair.
One closer match for his counterpart was 12-year-old Charlie Blunt, the son of Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, who was drafted to play Trump's 10-year-old son Barron. Asked after the rehearsal whether he had any pointers for Barron, Charlie said: "just smile and don't slouch."