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Suns to hold singing tryouts March 15 for national anthem

February 29, 2008

The Hagerstown Suns will hold open tryouts for the singing of the national anthem before games during the upcoming season.

Tryouts will be held at Wolf Furniture at Prime Outlets in Hagerstown on Saturday, March 15. Registration for all participants will begin at 1 p.m. and the auditions will begin at 2 p.m.

This marks the first year the auditions will be held at Wolf Furniture and the Suns are expecting a large turnout, so make sure you get there early. The national anthem auditions are open to all participants 5 and older. With the help from radio station WAYZ 104.7 FM, approximately 50 winners will be selected from the competition to sing (or play) the national anthem before a Suns game this season.

At the tryouts, participants must either sing the national anthem a cappella (without instrumental accompaniment) or play it with an instrument. The national anthem at Municipal Stadium must be performed the same way - without prerecorded music and lyrics. Singers are permitted to tryout individually or in groups. If a singer is younger than 18, they must have a parent or guardian present to sign the registration form for them at the tryouts. All winners must be able to provide their own transportation to the game.

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"With 70 home games a season, you would think it would be difficult to find that many singers, but every year I am amazed at the amount of talented performers who show up," said Joel Pagliaro, Suns director of special events and promotions.

The Suns' home opener is Friday, April 11. The Suns take on the Lake County Captains at 6:35 p.m. and a fireworks display is scheduled to follow the game.

The Suns play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown and are a Class "A" affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Ticket packages and sponsorships are available by calling the Suns at 301-791-6266. Visit the Suns on the Web at www.hagerstownsuns.com.

The Suns are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties.

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