Timbers seeking national anthem performers

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers will be holding national anthem auditions for the 2007 season on Saturday, March 17, it was announced today.

The Timbers are searching for quality performers to sing or play the national anthem for home matches and the 90-plus stadium events during the upcoming season at PGE Park.

The auditions, which will be conducted on the field at PGE Park, will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Interested candidates will be asked to sing or play the entire national anthem in front of a panel of judges. Bands, groups, choirs, and those able to sing or perform “God Bless America” and the Canadian national anthem are strongly encouraged to audition. All performances must be between 85 and 100 seconds in length.

Interested applicants should contact promotions director Jadira Ruiz at (503) 553-5402 or by email at promotions@pgepark.com to reserve a time slot for the audition. Walk-ins will be accepted, depending on availability. Each participant will have a three-minute time period in which to perform.

The March 17 audition will serve as the only national anthem tryout date for the 2007 season of events at PGE Park.

The Timbers, a member of the USL First Division, start their 14-game, regular-season home schedule Saturday, April 21, against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Both regular seasons conclude in early September.