Timbers seeking national anthem performers

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers and Portland Beavers will be holding national anthem auditions for the 2008 season on Saturday, March 15, 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. - 2 p.m.

Interested candidates will be asked to perform 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 time availability. Each participant will have a three-minute time period in which to perform.

The March 15 audition will serve as the only national anthem tryout date for the 2008 season of events at PGE Park.

The Beavers, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, begin their 72-game home schedule Thursday, April 3, 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 17, against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Both regular seasons conclude in September.