NFPA announces national anthem singer contest for 2017 Conference & Expo

February 15, 2017 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is holding its fourth annual online contest to select “The Star Spangled Banner” singer(s) for this year’s General Session at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Solo performers or established groups of up to five singers must submit their audition video through the NFPA website or NFPA Facebook page by March 15 to be considered. Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and their videos will be posted online for public voting. Voting will take place on the NFPA website and through a Facebook Live poll from 10:00 am Eastern Time (ET) to 2:00 pm ET on March 20, 2017. Viewers will be able to vote once for their favorite entry during this time.

The contest winner(s) will receive a roundtrip flight to Boston, one-night hotel accommodations and full conference registration to the NFPA Conference & Expo where they will perform the national anthem in front of more than 3,000 attendees. The winner(s) will be announced on or about March 27, 2017.

“People have really enjoyed our new tradition of finding an anthem singer for Conference & Expo each year through a public contest,” said Linda Bailey, director of Conferences & Events at NFPA. “Last year’s winner, Megan Ruger, was an amazing talent who had also been a contestant on The Voice, so we are very excited to see who auditions, and ultimately, who wins the chance to sing at the Conference this year!”

The annual Conference & Expo serves as the premier event in the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries. The conference features more than 100 educational sessions, hands-on training, numerous networking opportunities, and hundreds of product displays featuring the industries’ leading suppliers.

For complete contest rules and instructions on how to enter, please visit

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