It’s always an honor to sing the national anthem at a professional sports event.
The honor was particularly meaningful tonight. Staples’ Orphenians performed at Yankee Stadium — immediately following a Yankee Stadium-wide memorial service for the Orlando massacre victims.
It was the 2nd year in a row for the elite a cappella group. Several recent graduates sang.
Their last gig ever as Orphenians was a night to remember.
Westport’s “jazz rabbi,” Greg Wall, happened to be at Yankee Stadium tonight when his hometown choir performed. He proudly sent this photo to “06880.”
Recent graduate Aaron Samuels poses with his good buddy, the Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story.
Boy Scout Courts of Honor are special events. Achieving Eagle Scout — and sharing the day with fellow troop members, leaders, family and friends — is a moment any Scout will always remember.
But last Sunday’s Court of Honor at Christ & Holy Trinity Church was extra special.
To open the ceremony — at which Westport’s Troop 100 feted Aaron Samuels, Cole Moyer and John Foley — 3 Staples Orphenians sang the national anthem.
A blog for adult Scout leaders callled it “musical gold that’ll make you proud to be a Scout or Scouter, and proud to be an American.”
Those weren’t just 3 random juniors plucked off the stage. All are connected with Troop 100. On the left is former Scout Keanan Pucci; on the right is Life Scout Wellington Baumann.
And there in the middle is Aaron Samuels — singing before becoming an Eagle Scout, on a day no one there will ever forget.
(Hat tip: former Scoutmaster Jennifer Jackson)