LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In an age where pop music videos get thousands of hits online 600 Kentucky teens proved America's anthem is still more powerful.
A video of the students singing inside the Louisville Hyatt Wednesday night went viral in hours.
"It was so, so pretty," hotel guest Suzie Boyer said.
The video was a prelude to the Kentucky All-State Choir's performance Friday night at the Kentucky Center.
"Someone started singing a note and it was like 10:45 a.m. and it was like ‘Ok, here we go,'" choir student, Tyler Hudson explained.
The flash song is a tradition dating back more than 25 years and has become a right-of-passage for freshman.
"One of our traditions is being shared, you know, outside our local community," choir member John Mark McElory said of the video. "I think it's really neat."
No one really knows how the choirs tradition of singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" started, but the hotel's atrium may have something to do with it.
"As loud as we are in that lobby, it moves you can feel it, it's crazy," Hudson described.
The tradition is not directly tied to the Olympics, but the chant after it may have been.
"They were chanting, USA, USA, USA," hotel guest Ben Boyer said.
For Hudson the unified voices spoke to something more. "All one voice, coming together singing our nation's song is a pretty great representation of our country," he said.
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