Sep 12

Anthem Auditions Impress At The Rose Garden

By sarahhecht

Ever wondered how the talented performers who belt out the Star Spangled Banner on game nights get the job?

Wonder no more. Every year the Trail Blazers hold an open audition for all those interested in singing the tune before a home game.

Monday afternoon, anthem hopefuls flooded the Rose Garden to perform their best renditions of our national anthem in hopes of landing an audience of 20,000 plus. A panel of judges including DJ OG One, Casey Holdahl, BlazerDancers and other Trail Blazers staff members, listened and scored through the six-hour open call as a steady stream of talent took the stage. From a 6-year-old violinist (adorable!) and a trumpet ensemble, to individuals, duos and full choirs, the day was packed with talented singers and musicians who’ll be sure to wow the crowd this season.

The Start Spangled Banner wasn’t the only song the judges heard. O Canada, the Canadian national anthem performed when the Toronto Raptors visit, appeared quite bit with a couple truly fantastic renditions. There was even a version of God Bless America, though I think The Schonz has the rights to that performance in the bag.

Those who auditioned will find out if they’ll be performing by October 31, 2012.

Interested in performing? It’s not too late to submit your audition via email or DVD. Head on over to the audition information page on for all the details—be sure to read the FAQs too.

The submission deadline is September 21, 2012 to be considered for the 2012-13 season.


  1. It was a blast auditioning and watching all the youngsters give it there all!

    by Katie Wicklund on 9/13/2012 2:46 PM
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