I say this as delicately as possible… there is no room for woodwinds or strings in the Star-Spangled Banner.
I firmly believe that this is a brass, snare, and bass drum song.
It's a shame, this is a nation that would like to boast itself founded on equality, yet we have a national anthem that cannot function on that principle. I am in no way advocating changing the national anthem to "America the Beautiful" like my mother and so many others. Bah! I would move if we changed national anthems, especially to "America the Beautiful".
I am saying we simply need to restrict the instruments who participate in saluting our country. Yes, this is cruel but it is just.
The pain I am caused when I hear "And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air" played by clarinets and flutes is nearly unbearable. It's laughable, what sort of bombs are these that are represented by the upper register? 4th of July firecrackers? PATHETIC! Shameful little bottle rockets, we have nuclear weapons for Christ's sake!
LOW BRASS. LOW BRASS AND BASS DRUM. This should be the core of the Star Spangled Banner.
Do you think woodwinds command respect? No, they do not, not from me anyway.
What America needs is respect, we've lost this.
Low brass can help us bring it back. Low brass with a healthy sprinkling of trumpet.
Go red, white, and blue!