CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 1, 2005ᾰThe Southeast Missouri State University Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Color Guard will present the colors, and Southeast’s Phi Mu Alpha Men’s Vocal Octet will perform “God Bless America” on April 26 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
The events will precede the St. Louis Cardinals versus Milwaukee Brewers game at 7:10 p.m.
Jeremy Boyer, director of the Octet and immediate past-president of the fraternity, created the Octet in 2002 when serving as the vice president and music director of the fraternity. Since the group’s inception, the Octet has performed at various events, including singing the “National Anthem” at the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) women’s basketball tournament in early March, at the OVC Football Championship at Houck Field in 2003, and other various Southeast athletic events.
This year’s Octet includes: tenor I’s David Barani of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Boyer of Potosi, Mo.; tenor II’s Todd Boyer and Lindell Shores, both of Potosi, Mo.; baritones Robert Redmond of St. Louis, and Chris Robart of Potosi, Mo.; and basses Billy Schatz of Sullivan, Mo., and Chris Shank of Jackson, Mo.
The performance at Busch Stadium is the culmination of more than two years of work in an effort by the Octet to sing the “National Anthem” at a professional sporting event. Boyer collected information from the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Rams, the St. Louis Blues and the Memphis Redbirds. At the end of the 2004 Cardinal season, Boyer learned the Cardinals were looking for talent to perform for the upcoming 2005 baseball season, the last to take place in Busch Stadium.
The Octet recorded a performance CD and sent it to St. Louis in October. Bill Henry, account executive for the Cardinals, contacted Boyer after receiving the performance CD. Henry invited the group to sing at a Cardinals’ event, and a date was set. Cadet Kyle Feldmann of Florissant, Mo., drill and ceremonies officer for the Southeast AFROTC, contacted Henry after learning about the Octet’s scheduled performance. Cadet Feldmann suggested to Henry that the color guard perform alongside the Octet. The invitation was then extended to include the color guard with the Octet’s April 26 performance.
The selection process to choose participants in the color guard was based on prior experience in other color guards throughout the school year. Cadet Feldmann will present the colors, along with Cadet Karah Dockins and Cadet Daniel Riordan, both of St. Louis; Cadet Grant Brooks of Farmington, Mo.; and Cadet Tyson Glaser of Sikeston, Mo.
As drill and ceremonies officer, Cadet Feldmann will be responsible for coordinating, planning and executing color guard performances for on- and off-campus events. In the past, the color guard has performed at various events, including numerous Southeast athletic events, Eagle Scout ceremonies, the Veterans Home and area grade schools for flag folding ceremonies to explain to students what each fold of the flag means.
The Octet currently has 300 tickets available, which it is selling for the April 26 game.