The Frank Ohl Intermediate School choir, under the direction of Dan Forsberg, is set to perform the National Anthem at the start of the Phantoms Hockey game tonight at the Covelli Center. It is the second year the choir has been invited by the Phantoms.
According to Frank Ohl Principal Dennis Rice, the whole thing began two years ago when the Phantoms hockey team was invited to the school to read to the students. The team liked the school and managed to work out details for the choir to sing the National Anthem at a game. They showed up and stunned the crowd last year, something Rice said will happen again this year.
"Forsberg does something that most choir directors don't do at this level," Rice said. "He teaches harmony."
The choir will use those lessons as they perform the National Anthem. Rice believes it will impress the crowd as the Frank Ohl choir is 100 kids strong.
"We're very proud of them," Rice said. "I'll put them up against any choir around. They are a great bunch of kids."
The choir will sing at exactly 7:12 p.m. tonight, just three minutes before the puck is dropped. After their performance they will be escorted to reserved seats where they can enjoy the game.
It won't end tonight for the kids. They will again be performing in May at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Rice said it is really neat to see the Frank Ohl kids in the center of the field.