The Facebook page of East Texas Baptist University alumna Hannah Rigg “blew up,” after the National Anthem was sung by opera star Renee Fleming at Super Bowl XLVIII. The reason for over 100 posts to her page in a very short time is that family, friends and former ETBU classmates saw Rigg performing with Fleming. She was as a member of the Armed Forces Chorus singing back up.
Friend Christy Fitzwater posted, “Hannah, could you hear us screaming from Montana when we saw you?” Several times on the Fox Sports telecast, Rigg was shown wearing her blue United States Air Forces Uniform on the front row of the chorus just over the right shoulder of Fleming.
ETBU nursing graduate and former classmate Judson LaGrone wrote on Riggs newsfeed wall, “The most exciting thing about this Super Bowl is not who wins for me; it was watching my dear friend from college sing back up for the National Anthem.”
Rigg graduated from ETBU in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. She then went to Southern Methodist University earning her Master’s degree in vocal performance. Rigg auditioned for The Singing Sergeants of the United States Air Force in March of 2013 and earned a spot with the chorus. After undergoing basic training she joined the official chorus of the United States Air Force in August 2013.
As Rigg and the group traveled back to their hotel after their performance she shared with her family in a phone call back to Tomball, Texas how thrilled she was at the hundreds of texts and words of encouragement on Facebook she had viewed. Her father Dan, posted on his daughter’s wall, “We will never forget Super Bowl XLVIII. Thank you God for this moment together, this small place in history, and may you always be honored.”
“Thank you to all of my friends and family who watched the Super Bowl,” posted Rigg to her Facebook wall. “To the One who made it all possible, I am truly grateful!”