Joan's Boys Compete To Make Anthem A KC Masterpiece

Their song list is a short one, but it's their rendition of our national anthem that could get a Papillion group a bigger stage than the College World Series.

At a time when giving an old standard a strange twist seems groundbreaking, when searching for the lyrics makes for a YouTube moment, sometimes the differences can stand out for all the right reasons.

This is the Olson family. Joshua is a worship pastor, Jason is a banker and Jon is a salesman. They're brothers and the only one missing is a sister. "It's hard to make a barbershop quartet out of five,” says father Greg. That's because dad is the fourth voice of the barbershop quartet, pumping some youth into an old style.

“We kept it true to the original,” says Joshua. “We just added a little of our own flavor. They call themselves Joan's Boys, after their grandmother. “She was our inspiration,” says Jason. “She was a singer and played the piano."

The Olsons have sung the national anthem at the College World Series as well as other sporting events and now they're in competition to sing before 77,000 fans at a Kansas City Chiefs game.

“Imagine sitting in a hot tuxedo waiting for it to be your turn,” says Jon. “We were pretty sweaty at the end of it.” That was their audition. Grandma sure would be proud.

Fans will decide if Joan’s Boys will perform before the Chief’s final preseason game next month. Click here to cast your ballot. Voting ends on Tuesday.


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