Third from the left is ETBU alumnae Sgt. Hannah Rigg Shirey. She is singing at Super Bowl 50 with a chorus comprised of members representing each branch of the United State of America military. Photo from CNN.com, ‘Super Bowl 50 best photos.’
Super Bowl Trivia question: What East Texas Baptist University graduate has sung in not one, but two Super Bowl pregame festivities within the past three years? I will give you a hint, she graduated from ETBU in May 2010 and is a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force.
As CBS was showing the pregame activities of Super Bowl 50, announcer Jim Nantz said something like, “And now to perform God Bless America, select members representing all the Armed Forces bands and singing groups…”
Many of the ETBU family began to look for Hannah Rigg Shirey. The camera panned from left to right and as it got to the middle of the chorus there she was on the front row.
Technical Sergeant Shirey has been a member of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants since 2013. The Tomball, Texas native was also part of the chorus when Renee Fleeming sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII when Denver lost to Seattle, 43-8.
In 2010, Shirey along with five others from ETBU shared their Christian testimony on a DVD produced by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The DVD was part of the Texas Hope 2010 evangelism outreach to the entire state of Texas.
Before Shirey knew Christ as Savior she shared, “When I was 13, my oldest brother Isaac was murdered. He was shot and killed in Austin, Texas and I could not understand how this merciful, gracious God could do something like that.”
After knowing Christ as Savior, she found hope. “My brother died, then my sister died in a car accident, and it was really tough. Had I not had Jesus to cling too, I would have not been able to surpass any of those trials.”
Here is another trivia question: What ETBU alumnae is returning back to Marshall to perform?
The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants National Tour visits ETBU on April 12.