Local singers will perform at College World Series

Local singers will perform at College World Series Nine men from Vermillion get the chance to sing the national anthem at the NCAA College World Series in Omaha Sunday night. Primarily composed of singers from the adult choir at the Vermillion United Church of Christ-Congregational, the triple trio was selected to sing after auditions in Omaha in April. The Vermillion singers, going by the name of Dakota Tones for this performance, will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" from home plate at historic Rosenblatt Stadium prior to the 6 p.m. Texas-Southern Mississippi game, the final first-round game in the College World Series. While the game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at 6 p.m., the network seldom shows performances of the national anthem before its games, so the chances of the local singers being seen and heard nationwide are slim. The adventure began when the men sang the national anthem at a USD women's basketball game in January.  They decided to submit a CD to the College World Series committee.  From that they were invited to audition at the stadium in April.  Because of weather conditions that day, the auditions were held in the Stadium Club instead of outdoors at home plate. With 40 individuals and groups auditioning for the 17 performance slots, the Vermillion men seemed to think their chances were good at being selected. That proved to be the case when director/organizer Anthony Burbach received word by mail of the group's selection. Singing on Sunday will be Troy Stephens, Steve Miller, Kurt Hackemer, David Hulac, Parker Knox, Anthony Burbach, Brad Richardson, Thor Gesteland and Blake Benson.

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