If Washington Capitals fans tuned into NBC's America's Got Talent (AGT) on June 18th, they probably saw a familiar face on stage.
One of the team's beloved anthem singers Caleb Green, who has been singing the Star Bangled Banner for the past 19 seasons for the Capitals, auditioned with his vocal group Voices of Service and made it through the initial audition on the 14th season of the long running talent show.
The quartet has been singing together for about six years and they all share something in common: they are all either veterans or active duty service members and they share their love of music in hopes of helping service men and women coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Green, a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army, said they were initially hesitant about taking on the audition for the network talent show.
"I wasn't really sure they wanted to hear our message or what we had to say," Green said. "I never really thought about it, but the opportunity came through our executive director and we had to consider it."
After discussing the idea as a group, they decided to take on the challenge for a couple of reasons, but the most important one was clear to all of them:
"To have the opportunity to be ambassadors and to be effective in our message, that was overwhelming," he said.
Green, a long-time fan of the show, said he knew what it was like for fans watching from home but simply had no idea what to expect when getting on the stage to perform in front of thousands - and for television, nonetheless.
"I don't curse, but I had that moment like 'holy cow'," Green said.
With feedback from the AGT music team, the quartet performed an arrangement of Katy Perry's powerful song "Rise".
As for how they chose that song, they were given some guidance to determine which song would best describe what their mission is, and they all agreed that "Rise" would be their anthem.
The group received a standing ovation from all four of the judges and the entire audience. It was evident that everyone who was there was moved.
"You know, I have to tell you. Your story is amazing. Your message is amazing," AGT judge Simon Cowell said after the performance. "What I loved is the vocal arrangements are stunning. It was a version I've never heard. You've all got great voices. You've all got great talent. This is what we all need right now - thank you."
The four judges unanimously voted 'yes' for the group to move on to the next round in the show, something Green and his group had only ever dreamt of.
After his episode aired, Green said it was one of the only times in his life he was too overwhelmed to use his phone because of the bombardment of supportive messages he was receiving.
"The love we've received gave us affirmation that we didn't predict," he said. "And the support of the Caps and their fan base has been over the top."
As for any regrets looking back, Green simply said with a laugh, "I wish I had smiled more".
Well Caleb, you have another opportunity to smile more. Voices of Service is set to appear again sometime later this month on NBC.