Law Office of Tim Powers
If you're playing the Star Spangled Banner in Michigan, you'd better
do it right, or you may be committing a CRIME! It is a crime to play it
wrong under the Michigan Penal Code.
MCL 750.541 provides that no person, firm or corporation, owning or being in control
as manager or otherwise, of any theater, motion picture hall, restaurant,
cafe or other places in this state where the public gathers, shall permit
or allow anyone who plays, sings or performs therein to play, sing or
otherwise render "The Star Spangled Banner" in violation of
the provisions of this chapter.
If you're in public, you must NOT play it according to
MCL 750.542. You always have to play the whole song and there can't be any embellishment
and you can't dance or march to it. Sec. 542 provides that the national
hymn or anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner", shall not be played,
sung or otherwise rendered in this state in any public place nor at any
public entertainment, nor in any theatre, motion picture hall, restaurant
or cafe, except as an entire and separate composition or number and without
embellishments of national or other melodies; nor shall "The Star
Spangled Banner" or any part thereof or selection from the same,
be played as a part or selection of a medley of any kind; nor shall "The
Star Spangled Banner" be played at or in any of the places mentioned
herein for dancing or as an exit march.
If you violate the law, under
MCL 750.543, you are guilty of a misdemeanor.
If you are seeking aggressive criminal representation by an experienced
criminal defense attorney for your Denton County criminal case or arrest
in Denton County, contact the offices of Tim Powers today. There is no
charge or obligation for the initial consultation. 940.580.2899.
*Tim Powers is an attorney licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court
of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For
legal advice about any specific legal question you should directly consult