On the John T. Tuck choir performed the American and Canadian Anthems at the Toronto Blue Jays game.
The elementary choir consisted of 86 students between Grades 2-6. In early January, the students met weekly to rehearse and prepare the anthems for recording, and worked on meeting the requirements of pitch, time, and spacing set by the Blue Jays management.
In early February, the choir recorded both Anthems and sent in the audition tape to the Blue Jays office. This taping required the students to meet after school when there were fewer interruptions and interfering sounds. This process was actually conducted more than once to get a recording that was suitable to submit. It was very stressful but the reward of being accepted to sing at the Blue Jays game was a major accomplishment for everyone.
Our performance last week was supported by over 400 John T. Tuck family members and 33, 000 Blue Jays fans! Our Tuck families traveled either with the school's arranged transportation or by themselves to the game. The cheers of support from our reserved section when we entered the field lit up the faces of all the children!
The security and support by the Blue Jays staff was outstanding and our large group was safely transported to the dressing room, field and reserved seats that night.
This experience is certainly one that each John T. Tuck Choir member will never forget. We are so thankful to have been part of creating this memory for the students and their families.
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