‘Madison Rising’ Redefines Our National Anthem

By  //  July 6, 2013

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Madison Rising has composed, produced and performed the most compelling rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” since Francis Scott Key wrote the original poem in 1814.

Dave Bray served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman for the Marines, where won the a “Top Dog Award.” (Image courtesy madisonrising.com)

A rock band led by singer Dave Bray and guitarist Alex Bodnar, Madison Rising composes and performs guitar-heavy rock music with an explicitly patriotic pro-American message and sound.

Bray is a U.S. Navy veteran that was born in Yorkshire England to American parents while his father was in the U.S. Navy supporting the NSA. His family moved to Pennsylvania when Bray was 5-years old, and he served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman for the Marines, where won the a “Top Dog Award.”

Bodnar was born in the Ukraine in 1983 and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was five. Alex has performed for American military personnel in Africa, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Madison Rising – “The Star Spangled Banner” Lyrics

Oh, say can you see
By the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight’s last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
Thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming
And the rocket’s red glare,
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Because we are the brave
Yes we are the brave
We’ll fight tyranny
In the name of the free
We are the U.S. of A

For those unaware
That flag is still there
It’s our future to save
This land of the brave
The U.S. of A

Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land, land of the free and the home of the brave


Vic Luebker

Vic Luebker is the CEO of Hope4Heros.org, and is a retired 22 year Air Force veteran of Bosnia, the first Gulf War and OIF/OEF. Luebker founded Hope4Heroes.org after finding there was a need for more support in “helping services” for wounded Heroes.  He found a lack of peer-to-peer counseling and career services devoted to the most wounded our PTSD and TBI vets.  He has grown Hope4Heroes into a national organization while achieving a 90 percent program rate and has become a leader in national legislation effecting veterans and families.  Hope4heroes is one of the fastest growing veterans non-profit in the country and continues to shape the direction of benefits and aid for 27 million veterans coast to coast. Luebker lives in Florida with his wife and two boys.


  1. I absolutely loved it! The video & music moved me. These young men just may have raised the bar.

    This is what this country needs Patriotism.

    God Bless America

  2. My daughter has a Drill Team for underprivliged kids from lots of different communities. She teaches them to twrill rifles and silks while dancing and doing formations on a parade route.When we heard your Star Spangled Banner Song we just knew that it would make a great silk song if your ever in PA. Or at a small home town parade and hear your song playing you’ll know that you found ADRENALINE DRILL TEAM. We are a small dance group teaching children ages 2-19 the love to dance, Respect, Determanation, good sportsmanship and Teamwork.We come from Clintonville, Pa. Your song will be used in our judging areas in honor and memory of all vets.

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