Boilermaker Natl. Anthem Contest Tonight, Listen to Last Year’s Finalists
Oh, say can you see...yourself singing the National Anthem at the 2023 Boilermaker Post Race Party? WIBX, WUTR and the Boilermaker will be searching for this year's top anthem singer at an open audition Wednesday evening at 6PM at Babe's on North Genesee Street.
Singing will begin at 6 at Babe's and vocalists will be asked to belt out at least part (or all) of America's National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Following all of the auditions, the judges will collaborate and select one person and an alternate to sing the anthem at the Post Race Party. The tradition over the years has been a flyover at the precise moment that the anthem concludes. So far, there's no confirmation of a flyover at this year's event.
To get into the running, simply show up at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28th at Babe's on North genesee Street.
The judges will also select alternate singers who will have the opportunity to perform the anthem at other Boilermaker events during Boilermaker weekend.
Here are some National Anthem facts:
Did You Know Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner had 4 verses? And, initially it was a poem, not a song.
Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
Key's song (or poem) about America's flag did indeed have 4 verses. The United States National Anthem is only one verse.
Here are the words to the original poem...
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slaveFrom the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth waveO'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The music to the National Anthem was written in 1773 by John Stafford Smith. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the poem in 1814.
LISTEN TO LAST YEAR'S FINALISTS