The James Madison University Athletics Department will be hosting open tryouts to sing both the national anthem and JMU School Song/Alma Mater at home football games this season. All interested singers are welcome to tryout on Tuesday, August 31 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Tryouts will be held at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field.
All candidates are directed to enter Bridgeforth Stadium through Gate C and sign up at section 4 (in front of the press box). Be prepared to know the games you are available to perform. Click here for the JMU Football schedule.
- Auditions consist of two rounds, with the first round being performed a cappella. Select singers will then advance to the second round and perform with the Marching Royal Dukes on Thursday, September 2. Please note that you would be accompanying the Marching Royal Dukes on the actual game day.
- Please listen here to the Marching Royal Dukes' rendition of the national anthem. The song is in the key of B flat and starts on a F.
- The lyrics to the JMU School Song/Alma Mater:
Madison, James Madison
We'll Be Forever True
Our Loyalty Will Always Be To JMU
While Friends Remain Within Our Hearts
And Knowledge Guides Our Way
James Madison Will Lead Us On
To Conquer Each New Day
- If selected to sing at a JMU Football game, you will be required to rehearse with the Marching Royal Dukes at their morning practice the day of the game. These rehearsals typically take place around 8:30 a.m.
For more information, please contact Alyssa Gerlando in the JMU Athletics Marketing office at (540) 568-3272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.