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Woodbridge’s D.C. Washington to sing anthem at Redskins game Sunday (and yes, that’s his name)

D.C. Washington of Woodbridge, shown here singing the African American national anthem before a Howard University football game last fall, will be singing the national anthem at the Redskins-Seahawks playoff game Sunday at FedEx Field. (Courtesy D.C. Washington)

Washington, 57, is a military contractor and retired Army officer who lives in Woodbridge, married with three kids. His first name is Dwight, but he’s always been called D.C. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education, but never turned pro because “I like to eat too much.”

For many years, he has sung at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, where he’s currently the acting choir director, and a fellow member convinced him to send a CD of his singing to the Redskins about eight years ago. He’s been doing the anthem at FedEx periodically ever since, as well as several times a year for the Nationals and D.C. United.

Last Sunday, “I led worship for three services at Immanuel,” he said. “That’s how I warmed up.” He said he sang the anthem the same way he always does, but this particular version seemed to really take off. “Usually nobody’s in the stadium, or it’s half-full,” Washington said. “But this time there was a huge crowd. The electricity in that stadium was unbelievable. The combination of the people there and the way I do it turned it into a legendary performance.”

And here it is. Turn it up:

H/T: S. Sachs, Burke, Va.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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