The Oak Ridge Boys have been proclaimed ‘the official leading singers’ of “The Star Spangled Banner” by the National Music Council. The announcement was made July 17 by WSM’s Eddie Stubbs as he introduced the group to the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
“The Oak Ridge Boys have been global ambassadors of American music and culture for decades,” Dr. David Sanders, NMC Director, said. “Cultural diplomacy is more important now than ever before, and this designation is a way for us to highlight the role that musicians, creators, and artists play in bettering our nation’s relationship with the world. The singing of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ is emblematic not only of the pride we all take in our own country, but also of the appreciation and respect we have for other cultures and musical genres that have played such an important role in shaping America’s own, distinctive musical voice.”
“Just reading the proclamation gives me chills,” Duane Allen said. “The National Music Council represents all of the major music organizations in America. The Oak Ridge Boys enjoy the privilege of leading in the singing of our national anthem. We love to hear an entire football stadium singing it with gusto with us. Being designated is a huge honor, and we are humbled to be selected by the NMC.”
The proclamation recognizes the Oak Ridge Boys’ contribution to the preservation of patriotic American music. It also recognizes their longstanding dedication to the advancement of musical culture and their commitment to celebrating global diversity.
The National Music Council was founded in 1940 and includes organizations that help develop music throughout the United States. The Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association are members of the organization.