Jeannette Fang: The Star-Spangled Banner with Brilliant Variations

Our latest Poets & Patriots project video release features U-Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance pianist Jeannette Fang performing “The Star Spangled Banner with Brilliant Variations,” 1861 by Augusts Cull. Published at the outset of the Civil War by Horace Waters in New York City and distributed by Oliver Ditson & Co. of Boston,…

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199th Anniversary Guest Post: Our National Anthems — Author John Shaw

Everybody knows “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It’s our national anthem. We hear it when an American wins a gold medal at the Olympics; we sing it before major league sporting events. It’s almost as familiar as the flag that it’s about. Yet like a lot of familiar things, it has a complicated history, a lot of…

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Star Spangled Music Launches Fund & Friend Building Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: SUSAN KEY (310.748-3773) info@starspangledmusic.org Celebrating the National Anthem’s 200th Birthday with the gift of new tools for teachers… Star Spangled Music Foundation has launched a funding campaign to release set of historical recordings and musical songbook in anticipation of the bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the national anthem of the…

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SSB — Happy 199 & Counting! (David Hildebrand Guest Post)

199 years ago yesterday Key was still aboard his American flag of truce vessel, waiting for Skinner to finish his work exchanging prisoners. Not until 199 years ago today (Sept. 16, 2013), in the evening would he arrive back on shore and it was the next morning when the “Defence of Fort M’Henry” broadsides were…

Why Sing, Study, Teach & Learn the Banner? It's Who We Are!

On the occasion of the 199th birthday of the US national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” I thought it’d be worth taking some time to reflect on the meaning of the song and specifically the question of why it’s important for K-12 education in the U.S.A. My students at the University of Michigan tease me a…

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"Banner Moments" Teacher Institute Receives $200K from NEH

Francis Scott Key could not have imagined that his lyric would inspire a month-long NEH summer institute to mark his song’s 200th anniversary, bringing scholars and performers together with thirty K-12 teachers to create inspiring and insightful classroom materials to fuel a nationwide learning celebration. In June and July 2014 “Banner Moments: The National Anthem…

Star-Spangled Music Day —Friday, September 12, 2014

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE A BANNER BIRTHDAY! New—Send your Star Spangled Music Day Pics for a chance to win our Anthem history recordings—New The Star Spangled Music Foundation (SSMF) in partnership with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA),  America Sings, Resounding Joy, and others are pleased to announce a national Star-Spangled Music Day for Friday,…

Star Spangled Music Wins SAM "Sight & Sound" Grant

Musicologists Mark Clague of the University of Michigan and Susan Key of the Star Spangled Music Foundation were awarded the 2013 Sight and Sound Subvention from the Society for American Music on Saturday, March 10, 2013 for their project “Poets & Patriots: A Recorded History of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’” at the Society’s national meeting…

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A World Premiere Recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner"?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvVtFD9Na0I] It’s an audacious claim to offer the premiere recording of the United States National Anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” in January 2013! Certainly, the song is already more than well known and often performed. It has been recorded by such vocal greats as operatic tenor John McCormack or soul superstar Whitney Houston. John Philip Sousa’s band recorded the…

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StarSpangledMusic.Org Is Live!

We’re pleased to launch www.starspangledmusic.org, a source for information about the United States National Anthem as we approach the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s song on Sunday, September 14, 2014. We have projects in the works including a recording, museum exhibit, conference, and a teacher institute. Check back soon for event announcements, historical information,…