The Graves County High School Band, under the direction of Richard Burchett, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the weekend at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The group played before the September 3, 2022, St. Louis Cardinal versus Chicago Cubs game. It was reportedly the 2nd largest crowd in the stadium this year, allowing the students to lead 47,681 fans in the special moment.
Director Burchett shared, "It can be nerve-wracking because the national anthem is the one time everyone stops and listens in a baseball game. For a minute, over 47,000 people watched our kids play. They did a very good job of it."
The GCHS Screaming Eagle Band has had the opportunity to play multiple times in the past, but this is the first time since the pandemic. Senior Conner Boren stated he was glad that younger students could experience it as it was his second time. He also shared that in addition to performing at the game, the band was able to practice in the player's parking lot.
"Seeing all the cool cars was fun too. Some students were also able to watch batting practice." Boren added, "We started the wave at the game. It was an exciting experience overall."
Tara Burgess, parent of GCHS student Sydney Burgess, shared a video from the event. She stated, "It will be something they will never forget. It was awesome! They made Graves County proud!"