How to play The Star-Spangled Banner on Saxophone

On this page, we'll be learning how to play The Star-Spangled Banner on Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone or Soprano Saxophone!

The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. The song's lyrics are taken from the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry" by Francis Scott Key, which was written about a battle in the War of 1812. His lyrics were paired with an existing song by John Stafford Smith, "To Anacreon in Heaven", which was written in the 1770s. The Star-Spangled Banner quickly gained popularity and was played at official events, but it was not until 1931 that, following a public campaign, it was officially adopted as the national anthem of the USA. Other songs serving as unofficial anthems before 1931 included "Hail, Columbia", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", and "America the Beautiful".

Fingering

These are the keys on your saxophone you'll be using to play this song:

Saxophone fingering diagram

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