Singing the Star Spangled Banner

Isabella Screckhise
Staff Writer

Many people in American history have sung the national anthem. Whether it be for sports, for a holiday, or in honor of someone who has served our country. YouTube’s most viewed video of all time is Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner in 2012.
Sophomore Josh Ryan sang the Star Spangled Banner before a Kayhi basketball game.
“I wasn’t expecting much of an audience. I was prepared and I expected it to go decently,” said Ryan. “I didn’t expect it to feel so incredibly slow. Normally, the song is dragged out for as long as possible, but on average it is a minute and forty seconds long.”
Ryan spoke about what he would do differently if he had the opportunity to sing in front of the audience again.
“If I could go back and do it again, I would probably hold the microphone farther away, and used a little bit more technique so I could hear myself better,” said Ryan. “Also, I wouldn’t skip the second verse.”
There are 80 words total to the song so it’s not a surprise when a verse is skipped.
“I got nervous, I wasn’t able to hear myself, because the speakers were canceling out. It was like the perfect dead spot where I couldn’t hear anything that was coming out of me. So I was kind of getting my pitch by holding my fingers to my throat and feeling the vibrations,” Ryan says. “I was so nervous that I was going to get off key and be super out of tune. I was focusing on that more than the actual words.”
As for advice for future performers, Ryan added on how confidence is key to performing well.
“Be confident in yourself. You’ve got it! Just prepare and know it and you’re always going to be a little nervous. Try to do more with it. Stand where you can hear yourself.”

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