Imagine having a beautiful voice, an empty space with amazing acoustics, and a desire to sing the National Anthem. Is this real? Yes, it is.
Mike Morgan, who is a member of the Codington County Sheriff’s Office in Watertown, S.D., also moonlights as a singer when he’s not on duty. Now Morgan has spent a lot of time around the Codington County Courthouse, so he knows all too well about how noisy it can sound.
Yet what about when no one else but him is around? Ah, that’s a different story.
Morgan takes advantage of the empty courthouse and steps into its hallway. All of this is captured on a video, which you can see below.
National Anthem Takes On Extra Meaning For Officer
“The courthouse is closed,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time. The acoustics in here are awesome!”
What you hear is such a powerful voice, singing on-key with Francis Scott Key’s lyrics, and giving himself and those watching all the feels. It’ll make you want to go grab your American flag and start yelling, “USA! USA!”
Morgan hits that high note at the end. The note reverberates around the empty courthouse and just lingers in the air.
It’s a beautiful rendition of a song which many Americans hold near and dear to their hearts.
Take a few minutes and listen to Mike Morgan’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
96-Year-Old Veteran Plays ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ At Game
Speaking of National Anthem performances, a 96-year-old veteran played it before a U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team match on his harmonica.
Pete DuPre, whose nickname is “Harmonica Pete,” took everyone by surprise with his stellar effort. He is a World War II U.S. Army veteran.
He played the anthem on the same harmonica that his father bought him for 50 cents many years ago. Now DuPre said he taught himself how to play and keeps it by him all the time.
“If I’m on a plane, I play the harmonica. If I’m on a train, I play the harmonica,” he told CBS News. And “if I wake up in the middle of the night, I play my harmonica, and I play myself back to sleep.”