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SCC Choir performs before Harlem Globetrotters game

The St. Croix Central Middle School eighth grade choir sang the national anthem at the Target Center Friday, April 12, before the Harlem Globetrotters game.

On April 12, the SCC eighth grade choir had a new performance experience. The group performed "The Star Spangled Banner" at the start of a Harlem Globetrotters game in the Target Center in Minneapolis.

"I thought it went very well," Schmitt said. "The kids were really excited and had a fun time and I thought they sang very well."

Schmitt said Target Center representatives sent her a letter two years ago to invite one of the middle school choirs to perform the national anthem for a Harlem Globetrotters game, but the group was unable to go at the time. However, Schmitt told the Target Center she would be interested in future opportunities for a St. Croix Central Middle School choir performance at the Target Center.

Karen Swan, director of group marketing for the Target Center, works closely with the Harlem Globetrotters and knew they needed someone to perform the national anthem for their April 12 game.

"We decided to call her (Schmitt)," Swan said.

Schmitt said she got the call in January, and began preparing the choir for the event.

"They did a great job," Swan said. "They are definitely a very, very good eighth grade choir."

Schmitt said the choir performed the anthem in three-part harmony. Other than performing at a Christmas concert at the Mall of America, Schmitt said this is the first public performance for the choir, outside of school.

"We had a good time," she said.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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