Glory, Glory, Federation; Our Cause Goes Marching On
By Mark Riccobono
Since 1969, “The Battle Song of the NFB,” or “Glory Glory Federation,” as its most popularly known among Federationists, has been our battle cry from the convention hall to the picket line. Now, on the cusp of our seventy-fifth anniversary, the National Federation of the Blind is launching a contest to discover a new NFB song! The goal is to find a song that encompasses our history while at the same time embraces the bright future that lies ahead. The exciting part is that you have the opportunity to be a part of it!
What: The new NFB Song Contest
When: March 1 through July 13, 2014
How: Send us a simple recording of yourself, or with a group, performing a new song that could potentially be used as the NFB’s new battle song. Submissions must be received at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 13 to be considered. The song must be original, no copyright infringement permitted. The finalists will then be voted upon by our membership to determine the winning song, details on that to come!
In addition to having the opportunity to impact the history of the Federation, the person that submits the winning song will receive a complimentary registration and banquet ticket for our seventy-fifth anniversary to be held in July 2015, as well as have the lyrics to the winning song printed on the anniversary convention program.
Help us show the world that with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality!
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to contact the chairman of our song committee, Gabe Cazares, at email@example.com. The new federation song contest is an effort of the 75th NFB Anniversary Committee with support from the Performing Arts Division of the NFB.
Read more about the history of the NFB in song in the article "Singing Our Story" from the July 2013 Braille Monitor.