3-year-old boy charms crowd with his amazing singing of the national anthem
Three-year-old Drake Grillo melted hearts as he sang the national anthem at an Annual School Day event.
A video posted to YouTube shows the toddler performing his adorable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of nearly 7,000 people.
It took place during the Annual School Day at Syracuse University in New York, during which the women’s basketball team invited Niagara University to their court.
Drake, who hails from Auburn, New York, had already captured public attention when he sang before a local baseball game in July 2018.
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Wearing a tiny No. 44 jersey, little Drake confidently strode out onto the court and sang the national anthem beside his supportive mother.
Students from 2nd to 8th grade had been offered free admission to the game. After his performance, some of the players came over to fist-bump him.
YOUNGEST NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMER
Drake is said to be the youngest national anthem performer for the Carrier Dome, which is home to several Syracuse’s teams. Built in 1980, the stadium has seen various singers perform the national anthem.
Chelsea, his mother, said Drake enjoyed singing in front of a huge crowd.
"I just think he's too little to realize how big of a deal it is,'' she said. "We just try to stay calm for him and not really talk it up. We don't ask him if he's nervous. So then maybe he won't think of that. I don't think he really knows what nervous is yet.''
The little boy even often asks his mother when he can perform the song again.
FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
Drake, who hails from Auburn, New York, had already captured public attention when he sang before a local baseball game in July 2018. He managed to learn the song simply from watching performers sing it at televised sporting events.
His first public performance of the national anthem was during the Auburn Doubledays home game against the Lowell Spinners.
Drake is a major fan of a minor league team known as the Auburn Doubledays, who asked him if he could sing the national anthem before the game.
He didn’t have weeks to practice, but he walked up there with confidence and sang his heart out. It soon became clear that he knew every single word of the national anthem.