One week from tonight, on April 14th, Grayson resident Ryan Brooks will step out onto the grass at Coolray Field and thousands of people will stand to their feet.
That’s because Brooks will be there to sing the National Anthem.
“I’m an avid Braves fan and music/singing is my favorite hobby,” Brooks said via Facebook chat. “Having the chance to combine both has always been a little dream of mine. I saw the auditions mentioned on Facebook from a post by the Gwinnett Braves Facebook page, and I immediately thought that I would love to do that.”
Brooks was one of many who auditioned to sing the National Anthem for the Gwinnett Braves on February 28. The triple-A affiliate of the hometown Atlanta Braves held open auditions for vocalists and musicians alike. A confirmation email from the ball club confirmed he made the cut and would be given the chance to share his vocal talents with local Braves fans.
Brooks took to Facebook to share his excitement, though this won’t be his first time to perform our country’s official song.
“I’ve previously sang the national anthem them at much smaller venues, like high school baseball games & football games,” Brooks said. “In fact, I sang the national anthem for the Gwinnett Braves once before, but that wasn’t due to a tryout. The church that I attend in Loganville, Graystone Church, had a family night at Coolray field and the Gwinnett Braves needed someone to sing the national anthem. They contacted our children’s pastor and she immediately thought of me. My family and I were already committed to attending that game, so by default or by luck, I was asked to sing.”
A lifelong Braves fan, Brooks once made a road trip just to see the Braves play the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He hopes some of his family and friends will make the drive to hear him sing. The G-Braves are scheduled to play the Norfolk Tides, the triple-A club of the Baltimore Orioles, at 6:35PM. Brooks will sing the anthem around 6:20 that evening.
For those who miss the game, take heart: Brooks regularly sings for Graystone’s 5:00PM worship service.
“I do get a chance to perform weekly at Graystone Church and it is definitely one of the highlights of my week,” Brooks said. “I get to serve/help other churches from time to time filling in as a worship leader or musician. I also own Brooks Entertainment Services, which supplies live DJ entertainment as well as live bands and any other music oriented service for events. I’ve been fortunate to DJ for Trip and Starling Elementary schools, and look forward to working in the community even more.”
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