A “Star-Spangled” Weekend

University of Mount Olive's Vocal Ensembles in DC

On March 8-9, members of University of Mount Olive’s vocal ensembles “Free Spirit” and the “Chamber Choir,” accompanied by Dr. Alan Armstrong, professor of music, traveled to Baltimore harbor to visit Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the “National Anthem.”  The trip participants have sung the “National Anthem” for many MOC sponsored events making the trip a wonderful learning opportunity to actually visit the site where it was born.  The students actually sang the “National Anthem” during a flag raising ceremony at the very flagpole site where Francis Scott Key saw his “Star Spangled Banner” majestically waving through the dense smoke of battle. The students also traveled to Washington D.C. and performed the “National Anthem” on the Mall with the Capitol directly behind them.