SLU Grad Performs National Anthem During Kansas City Royals Game
"On my way off the field, a couple of Royals players said that I did a phenomenal job, so I knew that I should feel proud about my performance," he says.
Roper credits his four years with Saint Louis University's a cappella group the Bare Naked Statues with helping him to take musical risks like the Royals performance and to understand the audience's investment in a song.
"BNS taught me that although a performance may not be perfect to me, it can still be a special moment for someone else," Roper says. "It's so easy to get bogged down in the mechanics of hitting the right notes, getting the timing right and nailing the song from a technical side, that feeling and expressing the song gets lost. BNS helped me understand that letting loose is okay."
Roper plans to continue pursuing music outside of his day job, but he confesses that his experience at Kauffman Stadium may never be topped.
"I don't know how many people can say that they've performed in an MLB stadium in front of a crowd of over 40,000, so I feel extremely blessed that I was given the opportunity and that my talent is being noticed," Roper says. "The feeling that I get when someone tells me that I gave them goosebumps is indescribable."
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