- Associated Press - Saturday, September 13, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - University of Michigan musicians are tuning up for tributes to “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the song’s 200th anniversary.

The Ann Arbor school’s marching band, a 500-voice choir and dance team combine Saturday for a football halftime show to present “Proudly We Hail.”

A concert featuring voice students is planned Sunday at the Hatcher Graduate Library. It will include a historical commentary by university musicologist Mark Clague, founder of the educational nonprofit Star Spangled Music Foundation.

The university also held a sing-along Friday, and the same day opened an exhibit on the national anthem’s cultural history.

Events have been taking place across the state and country. Major festivities are happening in Baltimore, where Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics on Sept. 14, 1814, during a pivotal War of 1812 battle.


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