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 anthem@nationals.com 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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