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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
The Dartmouth Cords, an all-male a cappella group, will perform the national anthem at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA at the Boston Red Sox-Philadelphia Phillies game on Tuesday, June 17. The event will be extra special for the Cords as current group members will be joined by several alumni at what is expected to be a sold-out stadium crowd of over 40,000.
This is the second consecutive year the Cords, recognized by their trademark corduroy pants, have been invited to sing the national anthem at a major sporting event. In 2007, they sang in legendary Fenway Park at the Red Sox-Colorado Rockies game. While on their annual winter tour in 2000, the group also sang the Star Spangled Banner at a Philadelphia 76ers basketball game and at a Miami Heat game in December 2002, said Cords president Jesse Victor '09.
There are currently 14 members in the Cords. Each fall the group inducts four to five new members to replace those that have graduated. On Tuesday, there will be eight current members and five alumni singing together.
"We rehearsed for a bit when some of our alums were up last week for Singout (the traditional a cappella group end-of-the-year farewell concert), and it went pretty well," Victor said. "Everybody seemed to know their part decently, the harmonies sounded very smooth. In general, we're all very much looking forward to performing on Tuesday."
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