Over 7,000 voices let freedom ring with National Anthem at Barbershop Convention

The National Anthem is a song that inspires patriotism in the hearts of Americans. It has a rich history of classic performances over the years. This version involves over 7,000 singers!

The Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2014 International Convention was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conductor Mike O’Neill led the powerful voices in singing the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ The large group follows his lead with perfection.

A giant flag is seen overhead, and almost every seat is filled in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. As the song begins, the voices are in unison, and harmonies are added later to add depth to the melody line.

The National Anthem lyrics come from the poem, ‘Defence of Fort M’Henry,’ written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. He was inspired by the large flag waving above the fort as it was attacked by British ships in Baltimore Harbor. It was the War of 1812 that spawned our nation’s most famous song.

Some of the most notable solo performances of the song include Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, and Billy Joel. The song was established as America’s anthem in 1931 by Congress. ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘My Country tis of Thee’ were also used before 1931 to honor the nation.

The Barbershop Harmony Society was established in 1938 to preserve barbershop music as an art form. The group is comprised of over 23,000 men from the U.S. and Canada. In 2017, the society welcomed women to their membership.

It is a moving experience to see and hear these unified voices lifting up the banner. Americans from all walks of life coming together in song is inspiring. The National Anthem gives hope, and this version is a great reminder to let freedom ring!

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