Carrolls / Rose Valley slementary students sing national anthem

Carroll’s Elementary School choir and mustic teacher Angie Blum practices with her students at Safeco Field Saturday night before the group sang the national anthem before the Seattle Mariners played the Texas Rangers.

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Saturday was a star-spangled night for 45 Carrolls Elementary School choir students.

They sang the national anthem to open the Seattle Mariners American League baseball game at Safeco Field in Seattle. It was the second time in two years that the Carroll’s choir opened a Mariners game, though only 11 students were at both occasions, choir and music teacher Angie Blum said Monday.

Blum directed the Kelso third, fourth and fifth graders, who sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” in two-part harmony. The audience responded to the performance enthusiastically, Blum said.

The choir send in an audition tape to the Mariners when school started last fall, and the group learned in January that it had been selected. So many people and groups had requested the honor of singing the national anthem this year that some had to be turned down, Blum said.

“The kids did great and they were so well behaved,” Blum said, noting that Mariner’s staff was complimetary about their comportment.

And one other thing: the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers, a division rival, 8-2, Blum noted: “So that was nice.”

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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