Springboro Community Choir to perform National Anthem at Dayton Dragons Opening Night



The Springboro Community Choir has been selected as the winner of the 2024 Dayton Daily News/Dayton Dragons national anthem contest.

Consisting of 35 singers ages 16 to 60+, the group will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Day Air Ballpark on Opening Night, Friday, April 5. The Dragons will host the Lansing Lugnuts at 7:05 p.m. as they open their 24th season in Dayton.

Judy Mansky, who recently music directed Springboro Community Theatre’s production of “Big Fish,” serves as choir director. She says the group is honored to be selected.

“We are a new group, founded in 2019, and we are still trying to build, so to be selected is an unbelievable moment in our lives,” Mansky said in a news release. “We are truly a community group. We have married couples in the group (as well as) a grandmother and her granddaughter. We have a dad who had never sang but joined the choir to spend time with his daughter, who was also in the group.”

Mansky said the choir has performed at Springboro Community Theatre at the Holiday Jubilee and Spring Spectacular and recently performed at the Springboro business expo.

The national anthem performance by the Springboro Community Choir will be carried live as part of the game broadcast on Dayton’s CW (Channel 26; Spectrum Cable channels 13 and 1013).

In addition, the Dayton Daily News has served as the sponsor for the national anthem audition contest for all 24 years of Dragons history.

“Our region is filled with so many gifted artists and once again we’re honored to support their talent through the National Anthem presented by the Dayton Daily News at each game,” said Suzanne Klopfenstein, publisher of the Dayton Daily News. “A trip to Day Air Ballpark is an experience that creates memories for people in our region and we are excited for another great season this year.”

All auditions in 2024 were virtual. A total of 295 performers submitted auditions, which were reviewed by the Dragons panel of judges.

“Each year the National Anthem Tryouts presented by Dayton Daily News brings out the best of the best in the Dayton region, and it helps to build momentum for the coming baseball season,” said Dayton Dragons President Robert Murphy. “The National Anthem is an essential part of every baseball game, and with a packed Day Air Ballpark, it’s an unbeatable experience for our fans, our players, and our community. We’re thrilled to have this year’s Grand Prize Winner kick off Opening Night and another great year of Dragons baseball.”

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