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Patriotism Alive and Well at Birthplace of Star Spangled Banner

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 01:28 PM EDT

American music borrows from American history, and on the Fourth of July pretty much everyone finds a tune where they can sing along.

The national holiday has a distinctive sound track of its own, dating back to the nation’s early struggles. When that Star Spangled Banner was raised on an 80-foot pole and the British hoisted their sails and left the Patapsco River, The United States gained a victory -- and a national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

At Fort McHenry in Baltimore, where the Star Spangled Banner was inspired 200 years ago, patriotic music is alive and well.

Andrew Balio is principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He says Americans know their music, when they hear it.

"It's not any one thing, it's just an indefinable something that is an American flavor and an American sound that describes the feeling of being American," Balio said.

Conductor Damon Gupton, who will lead The Baltimore Symphony on the Fourth Of July, calls it a kaleidoscope.

"These concerts give us a chance to listen to classic composers like Gershwin or composers like Kurt Weill, and some beautiful arrangements that really celebrate Americana," Gupton said.

Patriotism Alive and Well at Birthplace of Star Spangled Banner


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