Heart of the Triad Choral Society sang at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game today. And despite a few hurdles, like it being the first week of school and the penultimate game of the season, we planned to take a group of 30+ people, an even split of singers & supportive family members. Then six days ago I got a first-thing-in-the-morning call from our group sales contact. Due to a rain cancellation rescheduling, our 7pm game was suddenly a 5pm doubleheader. Could we still sing?
I put up some protests -- after all, as an adult choir, people are juggling work schedules, family schedules, and just plain getting to Greensboro from ALL OVER the Triad. But at the same time I was incredibly glad that the call came on the day of rehearsal instead of the day after. (God has a sense of humor.) And I love that our choir is dedicated and our members want to see the organization succeed. And we had a dozen singers and an equivalent number of friends and family join us at the ball game.
We are definitely doing this again next year! Everyone had so much fun!
T (directed at a 13yo fan, the child of one of our members, whom we'd recruited to video us): So, how'd we do?
T: What?!? I thought we were friends! You're supposed to at least pretend we sound good!
13yo (furiously backpedalling): I'm sorry! I thought you were talking about the video! I don't know how it turned out! I'm sorry!
We wish the stands were fuller, but with such an early start time it was a little sparse. We were not expecting fireworks! Neither was our phone-video guy. And the kid who was buddy to the third baseman literally did a duck-and-cover move.
(Can you hear the Murlander?)
The cheesesteak stand girl said we were so good she almost cried.
For the 7th inning stretch, we didn't go onfield, but we did get the crazy guy "Spaz", the guy with the mic, to come to our section.
And thanks to the quick thinking of a social media director for a fellow local nonprofit who grabbed some video, we present to you...
Note to self: next time we sing "root-root-root for the Hoppers". Hubs thought of that too late for it to be immediately useful. But next time. And we are definitely going back next season; we've already been asked back.
(I have a request in for any video their camerapeople got to be sent along to us. We'll see what comes of that. But I'm not waiting to post this.)