Navy Veteran and His Band Honor Veterans Day with High Energy Rendition of Star Spangled Banner.

Just as all the buzz from a long, contentious political campaign begins to quiet down, the time to honor our nation’s veterans is upon us. Officially Veteran’s Day is Sunday, Nov. 11 and the legal holiday will be observed Monday, Nov.12. Many Americans have a full three-day holiday to honor the sacrifice and service of more than 20 million living U.S. veterans.

Among those Americans will be New York’s Madison Rising, a high energy pro-American rock band who takes patriotism seriously. Their most outstanding contribution to date is an incredibly moving rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Since May, more than 2.8 million views have registered on YouTube after Madison Rising issued a national challenge for just one million views.

“We hit our goal of one million views the morning of September 14 – the exact date Francis Scott Key wrote the original version 198 years ago,” says Richard Mgrdechian, Madison Rising’s manager. “There’s something bigger at work here, and we plan to do everything we can to take advantage of this serendipitous circumstance and continue re-energizing our national anthem to make it the No. 1 best-selling rock song in the country.”

And their rendition is charting at No. 1 in several key categories on and iTunes.

Madison Rising raised the stakes in their national challenge to five million in September and currently they’re over halfway there. This is nearly unprecedented for independent recording artists, but Madison Rising is up to the challenge. And their timing appears to be impeccable. They’re just releasing a DVD version of The Star Spangled Banner, which includes some additional footage for $7.99 just in time for Veteran’s Day and the holiday rush.

The band partnered with The National Anthem Celebration Foundation to enhance their mutual goal of increasing public awareness, education and appreciation for the national anthem. As a result Madison Rising performed before an audience of nearly 10,000 at the Charmed City Music Festival in Baltimore dedicated to the celebration of Defender’s Week.

Madison Rising – named in honor of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and key author of The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and The Federalist Papers – promotes the principles of liberty, independence and personal responsibility. For more information about the history of Madison Rising, their projects and touring schedule, please visit

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we did here at The Military Press.



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  1. Andrew Liebeknecht, LTC (Ret)
    November 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I complimented the guys when it first came out. As a musician, retired Army aviator and combat veteran, I was impressed at the energy and heart that Madison Rising provided to our National Anthem and they sould play at the Super Bowl and honor the world with this tribute. True patriotic professionals, thanks again Madison rising.

    Andrew Liebeknecht, LTC (Ret), USA, AV

  2. Vicki Anderson (BAE)
    November 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Dave, you are an awesome singer and song writer….You so deserve this and Madison Rising has made everyone in the USA love hearing the star spangled banner once more!! God Bless you all and thank you for your service…

  3. Amy E. Reagan
    November 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you for your service and thank you for this, one of the finest and most energetic versions of our anthem I’ve ever heard! These are uncertain times we are living in, and this song helps remind us what we represent and live for. I have the CD on order and already bought this song in iTunes. We’re behind you.

  4. Lejuene
    March 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Seeing/hearing this version of the anthem made me puke a bit in my mouth. Eff these guys.

    July 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I normally do not like anyone changing our National Anthem, but I gotta admit, this is fantastic. So I have now shared it on FB for this year. I’m sure everyone will enjoy it again as much as Ihave.

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