Danville crew sings anthem at Cubs-Cardinals game

via The News-Gazette

Of course, the Danville Barbershop Chorus dressed in Cardinals red for Friday night’s pregame performance at Busch Stadium.

Did you think they’d belt out the national anthem in Cubbie blue?

“Sad to say, but about half our members are Cubs fans,” chapter president Jeff McMorris said. “I told them once they get to their seats, they can change into something blue.”

The group’s big night was made possible by connections McMorris made as a 10-game season-ticket holder the last few seasons. Asked what the chorus had to do to be eligible to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” he was told to A) sell 350 tickets and B) be really good.

No problem.

The Cardinals brass was wowed after watching their Christmas concert on Facebook. And the 350 tickets went so fast that McMorris asked the Cardinals for 400 more, which also got scooped up in a jiffy.

Friday’s group of 39 singers — ages 17 to 85 and under the direction of Marty Lindvahl — assembled at 5:30 p.m. and took the field at 6:30 p.m., right by home plate. It was a slightly larger venue than regular stops like Danville Stadium or St. James United Methodist Church.

“Excited, not nervous,” McMorris said beforehand. 

“It’s 20 minutes before the first pitch, we’re not on national TV and fans are still pouring in at that time.”


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