Danville Barbershop Chorus returning to Busch Stadium to sing national anthem

Danville Barbershop Chorus returning to Busch Stadium to sing national anthem

DANVILLE — The Danville Barbershop Chorus will make its second appearance at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in May to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a Cubs-Cardinals game.

"This is a command performance," joked Jeff McMorris, the chapter president.

Last year, McMorris used his connections as a 10-game season-ticket holder for the past few seasons — and a video of the group's 2017 Christmas concert posted on Facebook — to persuade Cardinals officials to allow the chorus to sing the national anthem, typically performed by a soloist, at a Cubs-Cards game.

He didn't have to persuade them this year.

"After we sang ... we were told, 'You'll be back next year,'" McMorris said, adding it didn't hurt that chorus members sold 750 tickets to their friends and family and diehard baseball fans.

The chorus, which is led by Director Marty Lindvahl, will be accompanied by another large entourage for the May 31 game.

According to McMorris' contact, who oversees group ticket sales, "It's one of their biggest sell-out games of the year."

McMorris said members sold 500 $50 tickets in two weeks, so he ordered another 250. He still has about 150, which people can purchase by calling him at 217-442-1114 or at the group's spring concert on May 11 at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville.

The concert, "The Wonderful World of Barbershop," features Disney songs. Performances are set for 3 and 7 p.m.

Concert tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for K-12 students.

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