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You May Have Been Illegally Singing the National Anthem Your Whole Life

…if you live in Michigan. Though it’s an obscure law, in 1931, Michigan passed three criminal codes governing performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Proper performance is defined as follows: How played—The national hymn or anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”, shall … Continue reading

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Star Spangled Songbook Hardback Edition Published

We’ve created a new hardback edition of our Star Spangled Songbook specifically for libraries and collectors. Click here to order ($35). The book contains 73-sheet music editions of historic arrangements of “The Star-Spangled Banner” plus its musical antecedents and parodies. … Continue reading

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Concert Variations on the Star Spangled Banner for Organ

In 1861 American composer and organist, John Knowles Paine (1839–1906) composed the Concert Variations on “The Star Spangled Banner,” Op. 3, No. 2. It is paired as Opus 3 with a set of “Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn” (Op. … Continue reading

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Guest Post—Marc Leepson on Francis Scott Key (Facts #6–10)

Ten Little-Known Facts about Francis Scott Key (#6–10) By Marc Leepson Key was a close confidant of President Andrew Jackson and a member of his Kitchen Cabinet. Informal meetings often took place in Key’s expansive house on M Street (then … Continue reading

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Guest Post—Marc Leepson on Francis Scott Key (Facts #1–5)

Ten Little-Known Facts about Francis Scott Key By Marc Leepson Virtually everyone knows the name Francis Scott Key. And virtually everyone knows it for one reason: for the fact that he was the author of the words that became our … Continue reading

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A Spangled “Ode to the Fourth of July” (1826 Style)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United States, a Mrs. K.A. Ware did what many in the 19th-century did — she wrote a song by creating new lyrics to a beloved and well known tune. This … Continue reading

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Congratulations to SSMF Institute Alum Susan Ferguson

The Star Spangled Music Foundation is proud to cheer our Banner Moments Institute alumnus — Third Grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher Susan Ferguson — whose extraordinary efforts to share the insights and knowledge she gained with us in … Continue reading

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