The official Space Force anthem “Semper Supra” has been released and it’s bad.
by Chad Langan | published
Each branch of the military has an official anthem, from “The Marine’s Hymn” by The Marine Corps to “The Army Goes Rolling Along” in the United States Army. The latest branch of the military, the United States Space Force, recently released its own song called “Semper Supra”, which latest in space shared on his Twitter page. To say that the song is laughable is an absolute understatement.
“Semper Supra” is the motto of the United States Space Force, which is Latin for “Always Above”. Branch’s newly adopted song is packed with crashing cymbals and obnoxious whistles accompanied by songs celebrating the force’s celestial mission. The tune is only under 40 seconds long, and for better or worse, it manages to grab listeners’ ears from the start.
The official song for Space Force was composed by two former service members, James Teichner, a former band member of the US Air Force, and John “Jay” Raymond, who previously served as commander of the United States Space Command. Their collaboration took years of research and countless revisions to ensure the track was ready for release. Once the two developed the foundation for the song, the project was sent to various military bands for final touches.
Teacher later collaborated with lead musician Sean Nelson, a trombonist for the United States Coast Guard. Nelson added over 30 instrumental parts, and the song was arranged and recorded by the USCG band before being submitted to Space Force for review. After several months of revision, the USSF was able to approve the final version of the “Semper Supra”.
Although the official anthem of Space Force is meant to capture the meaning of being a Guardian, the song garnered some scathing reactions from the public. Many who listened to the track criticized the instrumental as well as the song. Defense One executive editor Kevin Barron referred to the song as “a verbal word salad version of a bad Air Force painting”.
Before making its way online, the “Semper Supra” was first unveiled during the speech of Chief of Space Operations General John “Jay” Raymond at a Space Forces conference in Maryland on Sept.th, 2022. Love it or hate it, every branch of the US military has its own anthem. It’s unfortunate that the official song for the USSF is so awful.
The United States Space Force was established in 2019, and is the space service arm of the US Armed Forces. It is one of eight US uniformed services and the only independent space force in the world. The branch’s mission comes down to protecting the interests of the United States in space and its ability to conduct space operations.
Former President Donald Trump created the Space Force after signing a $738 billion defense spending bill. The establishment of the new military branch marked the first new military service since the formation of the Air Force in 1947. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the launch of the next military branch has a better anthem with it.