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Fresno Grizzlies seeking the Valley's top musical talent for National Anthem performances

The final audition takes place at Hanford Mall on Saturday, March 7th
February 17, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, are seeking talented individuals or groups to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Chukchansi Park during the 2015 season. The final opportunity to audition is at Hanford Mall on Saturday, March 7th. The Anthem audition begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. Those selected from the preliminary audition will be invited to Downtown Fresno on Sunday, March 22nd for a final National Anthem audition at Chukchansi Park.

            Individuals or groups of all ages interested in auditioning are asked to display their vocal or musical talents in an open environment through a 16-bar (about 30 seconds) song of their choosing. A panel of Fresno celebrities will rate performers, and may ask them to perform an additional song or snippet of the National Anthem. Performers are welcome to sing, use instruments, or incorporate other musical elements for their audition. Creativity is encouraged considering the short time frame to make an impression.

            Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register by downloading an audition form found here, and emailing the completed version to Kyle Kleiman at [email protected] prior to the audition date.

            "We're really looking forward to seeing the creativity of performances during auditions at Sierra Vista Mall and Hanford Mall," stated Ryan Young, Fresno Grizzlies spokesperson. "The format of how we execute the auditions is changing this year, but so too is our overall entertainment at Chukchansi Park. We want to recruit the most talented and diverse set of National Anthem performers the Valley has to offer."

            Individuals or groups selected from the final audition will work with Fresno Grizzlies entertainment personnel to schedule a date for their performance prior to one of the 72 home games this upcoming season. Opening Day is on April 9th at Chukchansi Park vs. Las Vegas, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. For information on tickets, call a representative now at 559.320.TIXS.

ABOUT THE FRESNO GRIZZLIES

The Fresno Grizzlies are the Triple-A Baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros and play their home games in Downtown Fresno at Chukchansi Park from April through September. As a member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League, the Grizzlies are one of 30 baseball teams playing the highest form of Minor League Baseball. The club begins their 18th season on April 9, 2015 at Chukchansi Park for Opening Day. Season tickets, mini plans, and group options for the 2015 season can be purchased by calling a Grizzlies ticket representative at 559.320.TIXS.

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