City Slang: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to take National Anthem to Detroit Tigers



DSO musical director Leonard Slatkin will take a brass ensemble to Florida for spring training on Monday afternoon, March 3.

A press release states, “Slatkin, who is in Florida on tour with the DSO in West Palm Beach, Miami, Vero Beach, Sarasota and Naples, is famed for his love of both teams. During his tenure as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra he was a loyal opening day attendee. He has also thrown the first pitch for the Tigers at Comerica Park and commissioned an orchestra arrangement of the vintage fight song “Go Get ‘Em Tigers,” which the DSO plays as an encore during the playoff season.”

“I am delighted to be on tour attending the game featuring the Tigers, representing the city where I am currently music director, facing the Cardinals that represent the city where I used to be music Director,” said Slatkin. “There has been interest from both quarters to know which team I am supporting. It would be inappropriate for me to divulge this before game time.”

The game is at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida at 1 p.m., and the band will consist of Hunter Eberly, principal trumpet; Bill Lucas, trumpet; Dave Everson, horn; Randy Hawes, trombone; Dennis Nulty, tuba.

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