It was the All State Choir conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Night fell and the competitors returned to the Hyatt hotel to rest up for the strenuous day of song ahead. But of course, music never sleeps.
In the video above, choir participants can be seen emerging from their rooms, joining together to sing our National Anthem in a rendition that would make even Beyonce blush. Watch these insanely talented singers make sweet, sweet music from the 18 floors of the hotel. Try not to shed a tear for America. Just try.
UPDATE: The video above is from 2013's iteration of the singing ritual. Catch this year's equally beautiful rendition below.