GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Southeastern Connecticut Submarine Force Birthday Ball Planning Committee is taking a different approach to this year's annual Submarine Ball by searching for a unique and unforgettable voice to sing the national anthem in Groton April 14.
With the 112th Submarine Force Birthday Ball just less than two months away, the planning committee will hold a contest to track down the best singer to perform the national anthem during the Southeastern Connecticut Birthday Ball at the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods Resort.
Electronics Technician 1st Class (SS) Barry Williamson, Naval Submarine School instructor in the communications pipeline, reflected on why planning committee members chose to utilize the format of several popular television talent shows to select the proper person to perform the anthem.
"We wanted to find a unique way to draw interest to the submarine ball this year," said Williamson. "In borrowing from the popular television singing shows, and applying it to the New London area, we'll not only find the best singer for the job, but also peak interest in a long standing and still wonderful event."
The contest is open to all active-duty military, retirees, dependants, Navy civilians, and the general public from the age of 18 or older.
Williamson hopes that there will be many contestants willing to lend their voices to a good cause.
"At the end of the day whoever has the best voice will get the ultimate prize, to sing the national anthem at this year's Submarine Force Birthday Ball in front of more than 2,000 attendees," said Williamson.
Williamson added that the person selected with the winning voice will receive a complimentary ticket for two to attend the ball, as well as a one-night stay at the hotel during the night of the event.
Those interested in lending their voice, must record a video singing any song, and then link it to the Submarine Birthday Ball's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/2012-Submarine-Birthday-Ball-Sing-Off/377102958983272?sk=info. Or, interested singers can submit a video to the committee's electronic address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williamson said auditions will be held in late March.
"The ball celebrates the history of submarines, something that everyone in the submarine force and those connected to it should experience," said Williamson.
The Southeastern Connecticut Submarine Force Birthday Ball Planning Committee is an all volunteer, non-federal entity not endorsed by the Department of Defense.