Who should sing the anthem at the Boilermaker Post Race Party?

WIBX is holding a contest to determine which singer will receive the honor of singing the National Anthem at this year’s Boilermaker Road Race Post Race Party. Usually, more than 40,000 people attend the final festivities.

We have received several submissions from those interested in singing the American Anthem in front of the great Utica crowd at FX, Matt Brewery on July 10, 2022. The list below includes those who were selected as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. on WIBX. Voting is open until Tuesday evening July 5 at 11:59 p.m. Listen to the finalists below and be sure to vote.

Click below on each singer to preview before voting.

Aisilinn Angelton

Brett Hammes

Brooke Scarchili

Dave Olney

Kristin Van Note

Meaghan Williams

mike jones

Rosa Commisso

Sydney Howlet

Vote for your favorite below. The public vote will be one of five votes in the final judgment. Two votes belong to WIBX, the Boilermaker gets two votes, and the public tally is the final fifth vote. All decisions of the judges (WIBX staff) are final.

Did you know that Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key had 4 verses? And, initially, it was a poem, not a song.

Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

Key’s song (or poem) about the American flag indeed had 4 verses. The national anthem of the United States is just one verse.

Here are the words…

O say can you see, by the first light of dawn,
What we hailed so proudly in the last twilight, Whose wide stripes and shining stars through the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watched flowed so gallantly? And the red flare of the rocket, the bomb bursting in the air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say that star-spangled banner still flies
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the abyss Where the enemy’s haughty host lies in awful silence, What is the breeze, above the towering escarpment, As it blows in fits and starts, half hides, half reveals? Now he catches the glow of the first morning ray, In all his glory his reflection now shines in the stream, It’s the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band that swore so boastfully,
Than the ravages of war and the confusion of battle
A home and a country should no longer leave us? Their blood has washed away the pollution from their filthy steps. No refuge could save mercenary and slave From terror of flight or darkness of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth WaveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O so be it always when free men stand
Between their beloved home and the desolation of war!
Blessed with victory and peace, may the heaven-saved earth praise the power that made us a nation and preserved us! So we must overcome, when our cause is right,
And this is our motto – “In God is our trust”,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph will fly
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


The music for the national anthem was written in 1773 by John Stafford Smith. Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the poem in 1814.

According to wikipedia, the lyrics are from “Defense of Fort M’Henry”, a poem written on September 14, 1814 by 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships . of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly at the above the fort during the United States war. victory.

The song was eventually adopted as the national anthem of the United States, but not until March 3, 1931. Hail Columbia, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, and America the Beautiful would serve as unofficial anthems for America until 1931.

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