Nationals seeking anthem performers for 2013 season

Oh, say, do you think you can sing the national anthem before a game at Nationals Park?

If so, warm up your vocal chords. The Nationals would like to hear - and hear from - you.

Beginning today, the first 50 people who submit their resume (performance or otherwise) to will be invited to auditions at the ballpark on Saturday, March 9.

Anthem performers must meet the following prerequisites:

* The anthem should take no longer than 90 seconds to sing.
* The anthem must be performed in the traditional style; all auditions must be a cappella.
* Groups and instrumentalists are invited to audition, as well.

Auditions are not open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

While I appreciate a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” - the key is to perform the anthem upbeat, not as a funeral dirge, since it’s based on an old drinking song - this is hands-down the best version I’ve ever heard (not to mention the most creative):

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