THE OAK RIDGE BOYS AS OFFICIAL NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGERS

NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL APPOINTS THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
AS OFFICIAL NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGERS

PROCLAMATION ANNOUNCED DURING GRAND OLE OPRY
BY WSM’S EDDIE STUBBS

Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2012) The prestigious National
Music Council has appointed The Oak Ridge Boys as the official leading
singers of America’s National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” The
proclamation recognizes the iconic group’s contribution to the
preservation of patriotic American music, their longstanding advancement
of musical culture and their commitment to celebrating the global
diversity of music traditions. It’s also in celebration of the Oaks’
continued service as ambassadors of American culture. Last night, WSM’s
Eddie Stubbs made the announcement while introducing the group at the
world renowned Grand Ole Opry.

“The Oak Ridge Boys have been global ambassadors of American music and
culture for decades,” states NMC Director Dr. David Sanders. “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.”

Oak Ridge Boys member Duane Allen describes the appointment as a
reflection of the group’s patriotic pride. “Just reading the
proclamation gives me chills.  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.”

For more information, please visit: www.oakridgeboys.com.

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