Star-Spangled Music Week: Want to hear 1100-plus musicians?

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University of Michigan band performs in South Bend

Click the photo to see a 5-minute clip of the UofM band playing in South Bend.

Most people know three things about our national anthem: the name, lyrics, and how difficult it is to sing.

This Friday and Saturday, you have the opportunity to see over 1100 musicians perform the anthem! Want to hear them? Here’s how.

The extravaganza is the University of Michigan’s football halftime show, “Proudly We Hail,” at the Big House in Ann Arbor. It’s a celebration of the bicentennial this weekend of the birth of our anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

The show features the University of Michigan Marching Band, the University of Miami Marching Band, and the combined choirs from across the University of Michigan, including the Men’s Glee Club, the Women’s Glee Club, the University Musical Society Choral Union, and more. In total, over 1100 musicians will perform. The show will be narrated by University of Michigan musicologist Mark Clague.

Can’t make the game on Saturday? No worries. You have three other opportunities.

Friday night at 7 PM is a free dress rehearsal at the Big House. To get your free tickets, go to Click on “Promotion Code” at the top (3rd from right). Enter the promotion code: MMBDRESS. The rest is self-explanatory.

Another option is to watch the halftime show when it is televised—or when it inevitably appears on YouTube.

And, the third option is to view a recording of a University of Michigan Marching Band performance at South Bend last week. It’s not the grand extravaganza planned for this weekend, but the band did perform some patriotic music in South Bend. Here’s that link.

Do you plan to watch the “Proudly We Hail” show?

How will you and your family commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner?

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