Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning gospel quartet that combines modern musical concepts with the timeless quality of vocal groups to break the traditional mold of gospel quartets. The quartet was formed by Ernie Haase, the tenor singer of the famed Cathedral Quartet.
The patriotic pre-race event will feature the group performing the National Anthem, preceded by, “I Pledge My Allegiance.”
“We have never received a more positive response from any National Anthem performer in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway than what we saw last year after Ernie Haase & Signature Sound presented the National Anthem,” said AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark. “We are certainly thrilled that they will be making a return performance again this year. For the fans that missed the National Anthem last year, I would certainly recommend they tune in with us for their outstanding version of our nation’s song.”
“What an honor to be asked to sing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Motor Speedway once again,” said Ernie Haase, founder of the group. “A repeat performance is the greatest compliment you could ever pay to Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Thank you Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR, ESPN and all the fans who asked for us to come back. We are thrilled! See you on race day for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway!”
Fans who purchase the 2011 AdvoCare 500 souvenir program during race weekend are eligible for two free EHSS song downloads.
In addition to Sunday’s performance by EHSS, the pre-race National Anthem for the Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series night race on Saturday, Sept. 4 will be performed by the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus. The Song of Atlanta Show Chorus is a group of more than 100 women of all ages dedicated to celebrating the art of barbershop-style music.
The pre-race National Anthem for Friday’s Sept. 2 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series night race will be performed by the McDonough Presbyterian Men’s Choir.
The Griffin Spalding Youth Soccer Association will hold registration for the upcoming season from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 20 at Wyomia Tyus Park in Griffin for players between the ages of 3-18. To learn more, go to www.griffinsoccer.org, call (404) 643-0967 or email email@example.com.
Spalding County Little League will hold registration for fall baseball and softball on Aug. 13 at Ambucs Park from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m., and at Volunteer Park from noon until 4 p.m. Cost for all age groups is $30.00. Please bring a copy of birth certificate. Contact TJ McDaniel for further information at (770) 227-7778.
GRIFFIN FOOTBALL TICKETS:
Griffin High School 2011 football season tickets will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during school hours through today at the Griffin High School main office, 1617 West Poplar St.
Season ticket prices are as follows: $24 adults, and $20 seniors and students. The Bears will play four home games this season: Sept. 9 vs. Harris County, Sept. 30 vs. Woodland, Oct. 20 vs. Dutchtown and Oct. 28 vs. Ola.
Students at Griffin High on home game days may purchase one $5 student ticket, $8 adult tickets and $6 senior adult tickets. All other tickets will be on sale at the gate on game night. Ticket gate prices are $8 for adults and students, and $6 for seniors.
Griffin will be the visitors for the season-opening game between Griffin and Spalding on Aug. 26. Please contact Spalding High for information on ticket sales.
SPALDING FOOTBALL TICKETS:
Spalding High football season tickets are on sale Monday through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spalding High. Changes have been made in the purchasing and pricing for football tickets for the 2011 season.
There is no longer the option to purchase reduced price single game tickets, according to the Griffin-Spalding County School System Athletic Committee. High school students, however, can still purchase one single game ticket at a discount and that option is also in effect for the popular Aug. 26 Spalding High vs. Griffin High football game. School system employees wishing to attend a regular season home game may obtain one free ticket by presenting a valid name badge at either high school for its game prior to 1 p.m. on the day of the game. Employees must present a game ticket and name badge at the gate for admittance.
A special adult ticket price for the Spalding High vs Griffin High School game is $10.
This year, the Spalding High season ticket holder will receive the discounted price for the Spalding vs Griffin game since Spalding is the home team. Next year the Griffin High season ticket holder will get the discounted price for the Griffin vs. Spalding game.
Ticket prices for 2011 season at Spalding High are as follows:
— Spalding High vs. Griffin High single game ticket at the gate price is $10.
— All other home games ticket price at the gate — Adults/Students $8, Senior Citizens $6.
— GHS/SHS students-only single game advance ticket and season tickets — $5 per game.
— Spalding High adult season tickets are $6 per game for a total of $30.00, while Spalding High senior citizen (62 or older) season tickets are $5 per game for a total of $25 and SHS student season tickets are $5 per game for a total of $25.
Spalding will play five home games this season: Aug. 26 vs. Griffin, Sept. 8 vs. Drew, Sept. 23 vs. Eastside-Covington, Oct. 7 vs. Jackson and Oct. 21 vs. Sandy Creek. If you have any questions, please call (770) 229-3775 and ask for Sherry Shaw.