In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry" which was soon coupled with music written by John Stafford Smith. That combination became known as the Star-Spangled Banner or most commonly referred to as the National Anthem.

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According to NBC Miami, in 19616, President Wilson identified it for "official use". However, it wasn't until 1931 that the United States officially adopted the song as our anthem.

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Now, the National Anthem is heard before the start of most sporting events all across our great land, including Texas Rangers games. Sometimes a big-time musician will perform it, but many times it's just a local with some pretty good pipes.

Guess what, that could be you singing the anthem at Rangers games.

Now, before I give you the details about how to sing the anthem at a Rangers game, just know that knowing the words is very important. Heck, some of the most atrocious moments in sports have come from an "anthem fail".

So, do you want to sing the National Anthem at a Texas Rangers game?

You're in luck. The Texas Rangers do, indeed, accept auditions from regular people like you and me.

To be considered to sing the anthem, your anthem submission should include the following:

  • Submission should be in the form of an mp3 or Youtube video
    • Must be 1 minute and 30 seconds long or shorter
  • Name of singer or group
    • Day & evening phone number(s)
    • Mailing address
    • Email address
    • Type of group/organization (if applicable)
  • Number of performers
  • Schedule availability
  • Special requests like handicap accessibility

If you're pumped about patriotism and want to sing the anthem at a Rangers game, then send your audition material to promotions@texasrangers.com.

Yep, it's just that simple.

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