Don’t miss your chance to perform at the Joe

  • Friday, February 22, 2013

Audition to sing the National Anthem at a RiverDogs game this season on March 5. PHOTO PROVIDED

If you’ve ever had a desire to sing or play the National Anthem at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, now is the time to step up to the plate as the Charleston RiverDogs want to hear you.

The Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees will host auditions for those wishing to perform the Star Spangled Banner on Tuesday, March 5 beginning at 4 p.m. behind home plate at Riley Park. If inclement weather persists, the rain date for the auditions is slated for Wednesday, March 6.

Whether you are a talented vocalist or can play the Star Spangled Banner via instrument, patrons are invited to “Be Their Own Fan” and perform our National Anthem in whatever manner you choose ... as long as it is patriotic and respectable.

The RiverDogs have 70-home games during the 2013 season, which begins April 11 when the Augusta GreenJackets come to Riley Park for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The RiverDogs have a minimum number of available opportunities for performing the National Anthem.

“This is one of our more popular events of our off-season, and reminds us that the baseball season is fast approaching,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. “Our National Anthem tryouts always draw a large number of talented individuals and groups. We appreciate their interest, and we’re looking forward to the tryouts. It will be an exciting time.”

Auditions are open to performers of all kinds and ensembles of nine or less as groups of 10 or more are asked to partake in the RiverDogs group anthem program. Information on the group anthem program can be found online at atmilb.com/YZXBUj.

If someone has performed at a past game or has been on the approved singer list (chosen but unable to perform for whatever reason), they do not need to re-audition but should indicate as such on the application form that is available at atmilb.com/WKS4SM. Forms must be filled out and submitted prior to the audition day.

Please note that by auditioning, it does not guarantee a spot and also being chosen for the audition pool does not guarantee a game due to the overwhelming popularity and strength of performers in the area. In the past, the RiverDogs have routinely had more qualified performers than available game dates.

For additional information on the auditions, please contact Haley Kirchner at 843-723-7241 or at haley@riverdogs.com.

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