Last minute switch

In light of some unfortunate events that took place at the Connecticut Tigers home opener Saturday night, I’m going to indulge in some editorialization.

My brother and sister play in a saxophone quartet that was scheduled to play the national anthem at the Connecticut Tigers home opener.  The quartet had tried-out in front of the Dodd Stadium staff on Thursday and was informed they had earned the gig.  The staff was so impressed that they asked the quartet to play “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in front of the stadium before the game to set the mood for the arriving fans.

While the quartet was practicing the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the employee locker room just before the game, Steve Kunsey, Connecticut Tigers Director of Corporate Sales, walked into the room to inform them that a last minute switch had been made and the niece of owner Miles Prentice would be performing the anthem instead.

Needless to say, all four members of the quartet were upset about the switch.  They had been practicing the anthem for several weeks and had invited family and friends to the game to watch them play.  This was a very unprofessional act by the Connecticut Tigers and it was certainly not a good first impression for the organization to make in a new community.

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2 Comments on “Last minute switch”

  1. phil jones Says:

    Your editorial is quite contradictory, you state ‘The staff was so impressed that they asked the quartet to play “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in front of the stadium before the game to set the mood for the arriving fans’…….how does this translate into playing the national anthem? That’s right, it doesnt. Worry about the team and the game, not the brother/sister pre-game entertainment

  2. Claire Hamel Says:

    Hi, I am the leader of the sax quartet and I would like you to know the facts of the situation. As a quartet, we auditioned for the national anthem and were informed that we would be playing the national anthem for the home opener. We were practicing right before the game started to put the finishing touches on it to make it game ready. While we were practicing, a member of the Tigers staff was the messenger that told us that we wouldn’t be playing. It was not right of the organization itself to pull the plug on us after weeks of preparation. I hope this clears up the situation a little bit for you. The article about the game is right underneath the editorial. Thanks!


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