FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies are searching for National Anthem singers for the 2017 season at Chukchansi Park. Two live audition events have been scheduled for area malls; Saturday, February 25 at Hanford Mall and Saturday, March 4 at the Event Area at River Park (between Teazer and Yoshino). Both open auditions will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each person auditioning will be required to sing at least 30 seconds of a song of their choice; the Star Spangled Banner does not have to be performed at the audition but is encouraged. Musicians who plan on playing the anthem on a musical instrument are also welcome to audition.
"The Central Valley is filled with people with amazing voices and musical skill," said Grizzlies Events & Entertainment Manager Ray Ortiz. "These auditions and performing at the ballpark give people the chance to showcase that talent in front of the largest crowd possible in our area. You can't start the game without a great National Anthem, many nights it sets the tone at Chukchansi Park. We can't wait to see who will perform with us in 2017!"
With 71 home games, there are several anthem spots to fill, newcomers and those who have performed at the ballpark in the past are welcomed. Those who plan to audition are encouraged to return their registration forms as soon as possible (same-day registration will be allowed, however), and arrive to each audition site with time to spare on February 25 and March 4.