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Pirates to Hold Spring Training National Anthem Auditions February 1

Singers Sought for American and Canadian National Anthem

Published Friday, January 10, 2014

BRADENTON – The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at McKechnie Field. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

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Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only; instrumental renditions will not be accepted.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates games against Toronto on Thursday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 25, are welcome to audition using that selection.

The Pirates will play a 16-game home schedule at McKechnie Field this spring, beginning with the Black and Gold intrasquad game on Tuesday, February 25. Season tickets and group tickets are available now by calling 941-747-3031 or online through Single game tickets go on sale Saturday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the McKechnie Field Box Office, by phone (1-877-893-2827), and online through

Bradenton Marauders single game tickets and tickets to the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game at McKechnie Field will also go on sale on February 1. Individual and group ticket packages for the Florida State League All-Star Game will be available. The McKechnie Field Box Office will be open from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Season and group ticket packages for Bradenton Marauders games are available now by phone at 941-747-3031. Bradenton Marauders season ticket packages include a ticket to the Florida State League All-Star Game.  

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit, or email    

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