I Think I Need to Audition to Sing the National Anthem for the ValleyCats

Albany.com ó The Tri-City ValleyCats will be holding their 9th Annual National Anthem auditions on Saturday, April 6 at Crossgates from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Finalists will then participate in an online fan vote, with the top vote recipient having the opportunity to sing at a premier ValleyCats game at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium this summer, attended by an average crowd of over 5,000 fans.

The auditions will take place on the lower level near the Apple Store. Registration will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-perform basis. Performances can be sung individually or as a group, and may also be performed with an instrument that does not require power.

A panel of† judges will be scoring the performances based on sound quality, stage presence, and song accuracy.†Jaime Roberts from Jaime in the Morning on 98-3 TRY will be a guest MC for the event, along with Sammy Baseball.

I’m hesitant to jump on the opportunity. On the one hand, I only got 24 hours notice before the most important (and only) audition of my life. But on the other, I’ve been preparing for this my entire life.

Singing isn’t necessarily my strong suit, but ask the regulars at JT Maxie’s on Wolf Road and they’ll tell you I can hold my own behind the mic now and then. I usually stick to the hits: Country Roads, Chicken Fried, Amie, Drops of Jupiter, and Body Like a Back Road. All easy to sing and strategically chosen to make sure the crowd will sing louder than me. I’ve also dabbled in patriotic hits like God Bless the USA and God Bless America (when I meant God Bless the USA), so the Star Spangled Banner wouldn’t be completely uncharted territory.

But for what I lack in singing ability, I can make up with pure American pride and love for my country. The 4th of July is my favorite holiday and I have an extensive collection of re, white, and blue clothing for a reason. I think this says it all:


So consider this my resume while I decide if I actually want to subject myself to musical judgement tomorrow in Crossgates.



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