The Richmond Hill High School Chorus, including the advanced and girls’ chorus members from 9th through 12th grade, has been invited to combine forces in singing the National Anthem for the Atlanta Braves on April 20.
The game will be at 1:35 p.m. on the Turner Field in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. There are currently about 200 tickets left through the RHHS Chorus Booster club for $6 each. Half of the ticket cost will go toward funding the chorus’ trip to Atlanta.
"These kids have been working really hard on their own to raise money for doing events such as this," Chorus Booster President Buddy Clark said.
Chorus teacher Jamie Hillen said the weekend will be a big one for the singers.
"Friday is the Southern Star Music festival where they’ll be competing against other schools from around the southeastern United States and, as part of that, they get to go to Six Flags on Saturday. Saturday evening is the awards ceremony for the festival and then Sunday we’ll sing at the Braves game," Hillen said, noting his senior students said this is the first time they’ve ever competed in the Southern Star Music festival.
"I sent a recording to the Braves in the fall," Hillen said. "They contacted me and liked what they heard. Since we were already going to Atlanta for the festival, we picked the game on Sunday. The students are very excited; I’m excited to do it too. We’ll be able to get right down on the field to sing."
Hillen said he expects to take about 30 students to Atlanta, but noted several of them will only be able to attend by fundraising efforts if all the tickets are sold. As a group, the chorus is required to sell 400 tickets. Clark said the first half went pretty quickly, but there are still plenty more available. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about getting tickets.
Hillen also wanted to remind everyone that the RHHS chorus and other student volunteers will be performing their rendition of the musical Bye, Bye Birdie on Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Carver Elementary. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. All the funds generated from ticket sales will pay back the funding that went into the play’s production.