RiverDogs hold national anthem auditions

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. -- There is a lot to experience at a Charleston RiverDogs home baseball game, and you can be in the spotlight for one of the most important parts.

      Oh, say can you see...yourself on the field, belting out the National Anthem at a baseball game? If so, the Charleston RiverDogs want to hear you out...literally.

      The RiverDogs will host auditions for those wishing to perform the Star Spangled Banner for home games on Tuesday, March 10 from 4-7 p.m. In the event of bad weather, a rain date is scheduled for Thursday, March 12.

      Auditions will be held behind home plate at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Three local radio personalities will serve as celebrity judges at the audition. Charlie James from WTMA, Sparkle from 95SX and Bill West of Nash FM 96.9 will help with the selection of the singers and performers.

      Whether you are a talented vocalist, can play the Star Spangled Banner via instrument (a real one or even one you created), or can do both like Charleston native Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish, fans are invited to try out in whatever fashion you choose. Organizers ask that only serious, respectful people apply.

      "This is one of our more popular events of our off-season, and reminds us all that the baseball season is fast approaching," said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. "Our National Anthem tryouts always draw a large number of talented individuals and groups. Having the three celebrity guest judges on hand adds a special and exciting element this year. Maybe we'll discover the next superstar right here in Charleston."

      Auditions are open to ensembles of nine or less. Groups of 10 or more can take part in the RiverDogs Group Anthem Program at

      Everyone can audition regardless of whether they have performed at a game in previous seasons or not. Those interested in auditioning must fill out an audition form that can be found at Forms must be filled out and submitted before audition day.