Members of UMD marching band kneel during national anthem before Terps' football game

Multiple members of the University of Maryland marching band took a knee during the National Anthem Saturday before the Terrapins' football game. (Photo,  Kyle Melnick, Diamondback) 

Multiple members of the University of Maryland's student marching band appeared to kneel during the National Anthem before Maryland's game against Northwestern on Saturday.

Kyle Melnick, a Maryland student and reporter for the Diamondback, the school's student newspaper, got pictures of a few members of the "Mighty Sound of Maryland" kneeling during the anthem before the Terrapins' game against the Wildcats.

The act of demonstrating during the anthem gained major attention in the 2016 NFL preseason after then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the anthem as a protest of police discrimination against people of color. Kaepernick then began kneeling during the anthem as the season progressed.

Others at multiple levels of sports followed his example, either kneeling, sitting or raising a fist during the song.

The movement has grown even larger in 2017 after President Donald Trump proposed firing any NFL players who kneeled during the anthem.

No Maryland football players have been seen kneeling this season.

Earlier in the year, the band made the decision to stop playing the state song "Maryland My Maryland" because of its "pro-Confederate" tone.

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