National anthem auditions set for Bix 7

In-person tryouts for individuals or groups to sing the National Anthem for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 are being held from 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays, June 23 or 30 at the Iowa American Water Bix @ 6 practice runs. Invited callbacks will be on Thursday, July 7.

The location of the auditions is Fourth and LeClaire streets, next to the Quad-City Times building and across the street from Lopiez. 

It has been 30 years since anyone else has had the opportunity to sing at this big-time event. Jack Carey is retiring and passing the chance on to the next person or group. Challenge yourself and see if you are up to the task, organizers urge. 

All vocal auditions must be performed acapella. All performances should be tied to the traditional tune of the Star-Spangled Banner and must not exceed two minutes.

To be fully considered, applicants must register before auditioning. Registration can be found at this link:

If you can’t attend the live audition, you may submit a video application. All video submissions can be emailed to Chris at [email protected] by Wednesday, June 29.

If you are selected to perform the National Anthem at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, you will be contacted by the Quad-City Times Bix 7 organization at the contact information you listed on your audition form. Additional information regarding race day instructions will be provided at that time.

Training runs for the Iowa American Water Bix @ 6 start at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, June 23 and 30, July 7 and 14.  If you have registered for the Bix 7, Prairie Farms Quick Bix or Arconic Jr. Bix, join the hundreds that train every Thursday on a safe and secure course. It’s a Bix tradition.

Special note: Participants who register online the day of, in-person at, or volunteer for one of the training runs, receive a free special “Bix at 6” T-shirt. The start line is at the intersection of Fourth and LeClaire Streets. Parking is in the Quad-City Times parking lot.

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