Timbers seeking national anthem performers

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Beavers and Portland Timbers will be holding national anthem auditions for the 2009 season on Saturday, March 7, it was announced today.

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

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

Interested candidates will be asked to sing or play the entire national anthem in front of a panel. 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. Past performers are required to re-audition for the 2009 season of events, and applicants must be registered by 5 p.m. on March 6.

Interested applicants should contact promotions manager Jennifer Smoral at (503) 553-5402 or by email at promotions@pgepark.com to reserve a time slot for the audition. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each participant will have a three-minute time period in which to perform.

The March 7 audition will serve as the only national anthem tryout date for the 2009 season of events at PGE Park.

The Beavers, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, begin their 72-game home schedule Friday, April 17, when they play host to the Fresno Grizzlies at PGE Park.

The Timbers, a member of the USL First Division, start their 15-game, regular-season home schedule Thursday, April 30, against the Carolina RailHawks.

Both regular seasons conclude in September. 

Convenient and affordable 2009 season-ticket packages filled with great new benefits are currently available by contacting the Beavers and Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555. For more information on season tickets, mini-plans, flex plans, suites and group outings available for the upcoming season, visit www.portlandbeavers.com or www.portlandtimbers.com.