EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Back in September as backpacks were being bought, as part of the district initiatives “to support climate and culture” and “promote community pride,” the township School District Performing Arts Department embarked on the task of learning the meaning of and how to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner."

During the pregame ceremonies for the homecoming game against Bridgeton on Oct. 12, more than 250 students and faculty from the following ensembles will combine to bring to the community the largest performance of the National Anthem in the school's — and maybe even South Jersey's — sports history.

The Davenport Chorus, Slaybaugh Singers, Miller School Chorus, Swift Singers, Egg Harbor Township High School Vocal Ensemble and Choir, EHTHS Band & Orchestra, Fernwood Middle School Band Chorus and Orchestra, and the Alder Avenue Middle School Band, Chorus and Orchestra will participate.

“The purpose of this event is, of course, to honor our country, but also to showcase the strength and talents of our entire student body and community. After last year, we soon realized that there hasn’t been a performance comparable to this at a sporting event in anyone’s recent memory,” said Mark Kadetsky, district supervisor of visual and performing arts.

Pregame activities begin at 6:30 p.m. at the High School football stadium.

Admission to the game is $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.

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