Caps Anthem Singer Bob McDonald Sings at Super Bowl


The Super Bowl got some serious class on Sunday, when the NFL had four-time Grammy-winning opera singer Renée Fleming perform the national anthem. It was great and most importantly it was 1:53 seconds long — a full-minute shorter than Alicia Keyes never-ending performance last year.

It’s the first time an opera singer has done the anthem, but we all know that’s not why I’m writing. This also marked (I’m assuming) the first time a Washington Capitals anthem singer has performed at the big game.

Arlington native Bob McDonald, of the U.S. Army Chorus, was one of 32 background singers backing-up Fleming. Bob (and his sometimes partner Caleb Green) is an anthem-singing regular at Verizon Center. He is amazing.

Besides his booming voice, Bob is known for the fist-pumps that punctuate the end of his performances and his cameos in local wine commercials.

Go ahead and follow McDonald on Twitter at @BobinArlington and congratulate him. What an honor.

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  • Big year for Bob!

  • Brouwer Rangers

    Army Chorus is black jackets, red hats. Pretty sure Bob was all the way on the far right of the chorus in the back row, only visible in the very first shot.

  • Too much zooming in on the opera lady!

  • Patrick Neimeyer

    Love this guy rocking the red on game nights. First off a proud veteran, secondly great set of pipes. Give Em’ Hell Bob McDonald 🙂

  • Wes

    Bob and Caleb are THE VERY BEST~!