Program Notes for A Patriot’s Anthem

Composer: Traditional
Arranger: David P. Miller
Published by: Silver Clef Music Publishing, Inc.
Year: 2004

It is all too often during the playing of our homeland’s anthem, we see citizens failing to understand or appreciate the significance of the song’s words. Sadly, many people have never heard the words to the other verses. Listen now as the band plays a new and special arrangement of this most special of all patriotic songs,

Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain seated for the first verse, and listen carefully to the words Francis Scott Key wrote nearly two hundred years ago. Reflect, if you will, on how amazingly well they reflect our situation in the world today.