As Sam Sees It

Keyonnie performs the Star Spangled Banner at the Doc Wright wrestling tournament.

Keyonnie is not the only Winslow resident I have heard sing the national anthem in a talented and attractive manner. Kay Ricks has sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” at several events I was fortunate enough to attend, mostly Winslow High School football games. She, too, sings the song in a traditional manner, with or without musical accompaniment.

The Rubi sisters, Jerusha and Rebecca, performed the national anthem at Bank One Ballpark during the 2000 season. One or both of the Hayes sisters, Mary Alice and Brenda, had performed for the Diamondbacks earlier. All of these ladies are very much in demand by any organization lucky enough to procure their services. The Hayes sisters perform at many religious functions and are one of the reasons for good attendance at Ministerial Association Services.

There are probably a great many more talented vocalists in Winslow. I have heard Janice Walters sing “God Bless America” as well as anyone, including the legendary Kate Smith. (For those old enough to remember her, you will know what a compliment that is!)

It would be great to see Winslow well and frequently represented when the national anthem is sung at places like Bank One Ballpark and prior to Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes or Arizona Cardinals games. There is a wealth of talent here.

If you get a chance to hear any of the singers mentioned above, do yourself a favor and take advantage of it. I have a “Gravel Gertie” voice, but also an appreciation for those blessed with musical talent. Winslow has more than its share. (This column must be directed in part to an older audience. “Gravel Gertie” was a character from the “Dick Tracy” comic strip in the 1940’s-1950’s. So was a character with a haircut something like mine: “Flattop”.)

There are no try-outs for the anthem singers at Bank One Ballpark this season. Those wishing to be considered must submit a tape. More information will be available soon. Anyone interested (hopefully those mention in this column will be) may get more information by calling the Diamondbacks official in charge at 602-462-4770.

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