Middle Tennessee State University became the first collegiate marching band to perform the anthem of the U.S. Space Force, the newest military branch established in 2019 as a part of the U.S. Air Force.
The Space Force officially adopted “Semper Supra,” written by MTSU adjunct songwriting professor Jamie Teachenor, in September.
The Pentagon expedited an arrangement of the anthem in time for the Band of Blue to learn and perform Saturday, Nov. 12, at MTSU’s 40th annual Salute to Armed Forces and Veterans football event.
It’s possible MTSU is the first marching band to perform the anthem.
No veterans of the new Space Force were at Saturday’s game. Teachenor, an Air Force veteran, marched on the Floyd Stadium field in their honor, accompanied by MTSU Air Force ROTC cadets and cadets from the Smyrna squadron of Civil Air Patrol, the Air Force’s civilian auxiliary.
— Andrew Oppmann (Andrew.Oppmann@mtsu.edu)