On Friday, December 3 the Wortley Road Public School “JLC Singers” choir sang both the Canadian and U.S. national anthems to open the Knights vs. Saginaw game. Not only did they sing the U.S. anthem correctly, but this was one of their best performances of the past 3 or 4 years we have participated. (Go JLC Singers!)
From the nosebleed section in 311, I was able to capture this shot with my phone’s camera. The dark mass in the center of the shot, kind of upper left corner of the rink? Yeah, that’s them.
The nice part about this is that the school sells tickets to the game as a fundraiser for their music program.
The not-so-nice part is the game itself. I have no idea what the rules are, or if the acoustics in the nosebleed section are different, or what. There’s no play-by-play in the arena. Unless there’s a goal or a penalty. Then, a male announcer comes on: “Miffle murfle London muffle murf NUMBER 12! Muffle mumble murf.”
Sometimes a female announcer will say something, too: “Muffle murg Section 212 mumble murf muff!”
Apparently this is great information, because the crowd often cheers or applauds. But I can’t understand most of it because the “background” music is louder than the announcers.
It seems the Knights and/or the JLC are determined to deafen the hockey fans. Advertisements are played all through the game, seemingly at full volume. Interestingly of all the ads I saw, none were for a hearing aid company.
Next year is the last year I will be going as a Wortley parent. Not sure if the high school choirs get to do this as well, but we’ll see. Suffice it to say, I’ll be bringing earplugs next year.