Curious About July 4th Concert

Posted by Ken Tucci, WBZ-TV

Who sang the Star Spangled Banner during the fireworks display in Boston ? – Bill, Plainville

That was Staff Sergeant Tracy Lacbrecque of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus.  Lacbrecque is a native of Houston who earned a degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music before joining the Soldiers Chorus.

The Boston Pops celebration is absolutely fantastic. But who pays for it? – Muriel, New Salem

The concert and fireworks show are organized by Boston 4 Celebrations, a foundation launched by David Mugar, who came up with the idea for the Pops show back in 1973.  For the last 7 years, Liberty Mutual has been the main sponsor of the show.  WBZ-TV picks up some of the costs, with a rights fee paid to the Pops.

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I just wanted to thank you for your spectacular coverage of the Boston Pop’s & the fireworks.  Job well done!  – Jean, S. Boston

You’re welcome.  It was a fun night for all of us from BZ who worked.

Now I’m curious…what did you think of the show, and is there anything that could use improving?

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  • Jr Varsity

    The Star Spangled Banner was an amazing performance by Staff Sergeant Tracy Lacbrecque – She was a true professional. Compared to the botched jobs by celebrity singers at the Superbowl and other events, this version was superb! Also, Martina McBride did a great job on short notice, especially with God Bless America.

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