RiverDogs to Host Auditions to Sing the National Anthem at The Joe

Club looking for talented singers and performers for pregame ceremonies

By Matt Dean | February 21, 2017 2:22 PM ET

Photo Courtesy of Dan Xeller/www.dan-xeller.com

All performers must pre-register using the form HERE before tryouts

CHARLESTON, SC - Just like every Minor Leaguer dreams of the roar of a Big-League ballpark, every musician craves a chance under the bright lights. With the first pitch of baseball's Opening Day less than two months away, the Charleston RiverDogs will give the talented performers of the Lowcountry their big shot.

The RiverDogs will host auditions for those wishing to perform the Star-Spangled Banner on Thursday, March 16 from 4-7 pm behind home plate at The Joe. 

"We are continually impressed by the talent on hand every year we hold these tryouts" said RiverDogs Director of Community Relations Zana Bowens. "Our in-game presentation is extremely important to the RiverDogs experience and the talented performers of Charleston have raised the bar each season to help make the pregame ceremonies truly memorable."

Bowens will be joined by three local radio personalities to form the judges panel. Charlie James from the "WTMA Morning Show," Riecy G from Z93 Jamz, and Sparkle from 95SX will all help the RiverDogs pick from the best local talent the Charleston community has to offer.

Whether you are a talented vocalist or can play the Star-Spangled Banner via instrument, patrons are invited to be creative yet respectful and perform our National Anthem in whatever fashion they choose. Should inclement weather persist, there will be no makeup date as in years past, but video auditions will be accepted. The RiverDogs ask that all renditions of the anthem be no longer than 1 minute and 15 seconds.

Auditions are open to performers of all kinds and ensembles of nine or less. Groups of 10 or more are asked to send a video submission to communityrelations@riverdogs.com.

Everyone is asked to audition regardless of whether they have performed at a game in previous seasons or not. Those auditioning must fill out an audition form that can be found at www.riverdogs.com and attached here. Forms must be filled out and submitted to communityrelations@riverdogs.com prior to the audition day.

Please note that by auditioning, it does not guarantee a spot and 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.

Lucky candidates will have the chance to join the ranks of Darius Rucker, Elise Testone, Mark Bryan, and Eddie Bush who've all showcased their talents singing the Star-Spangled Banner over the years at Riley Park.

For additional information on the auditions, please contact Zana Bowens at (843)723-7241 or at communityrelations@riverdogs.com.

RiverDogs season tickets, half-season ticket packages and mini plans are now available for the 2017 campaign. The RiverDogs, the Class-A affiliate of the 27-time world champion New York Yankees, begin the season on April 6 when they host the Lexington Legends at Joseph P Riley, Jr. Park. Single-game tickets and the full promotional schedule will become available in March. Ticket information can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.





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