Collin Wyler doesn’t take his luck for granted.
Never mind that he’s sung the National Anthem at the College World Series the past five years. He still gets nervous when he auditions for a chance to return.
So far, the passion he brings to performing at the CWS and other sporting events continues to pay off.
He’ll be back in June, singing before the crowds at TD Ameritrade Park for the sixth year.
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“It’s a lot of fun, and the competition gets harder every year,” Wyler said. “I’m a huge baseball fan, so it’s fun to be amongst the crowd for what they call the greatest show on dirt.”
The CWS has announced the performers for this year’s tournament and the list features a collection of individual singers and groups: 17 vocalists, choral ensembles and instrumentalists from four states.
The 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series runs from June 15 through at least June 25. The stadium seats more than 20,000.
About 100 vocalists, choral ensembles and instrumentalists from 16 states auditioned.
Repeat performers aren’t that unusual, said Wyler, who sees familiar faces each year and at other sporting events around the area. Wyler has sung before seven Major League teams, the Storm Chasers and at hockey games, among others. There’s no real pay, though sometimes singing at a sporting event comes with free tickets.
Wyler, who works in sales for Flywheel, an Omaha-based web-hosting company, is not a professional singer.
He will be singing at the 6 p.m. June 18 game. He’s also working toward his first Christmas album, which will be a mix of pop, folk and jazz.
» Game 1: Saturday, June 15, 1 p.m. — Mark Lindquist, Denver, Colorado
» Game 2: Saturday, June 15, 6 p.m. — Home Brewed Quartet, Fremont and Omaha
» Game 3: Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m. — Susann Parlor, Omaha
» Game 4: Sunday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. — Hannah McNair, Omaha
» Game 5: Monday, June 17, 1 p.m. — Master Sgt. Amber Grimes, Offutt Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band
» Game 6: Monday, June 17, 6 p.m. — Creighton Prep Chamber Choir
» Game 7: Tuesday, June 18, 1 p.m. — Voices of Boys Town Choir
» Game 8: Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m. — Collin Wyler, Omaha
» Game 9: Wednesday, June 19, 6 p.m. — Omaha Suzuki Strings
» Game 10: Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m. — Kayla Jacox, Lincoln
» Game 11: Friday, June 21, 1 p.m. — Rochelle Clark, Sioux City, Iowa
» Game 12: Friday, June 21, 6 p.m. — Lincoln Southwest Hawktet, Lincoln
» Game 13: Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.* — Keaton Schlatter, Waukee, Iowa
» Game 14: Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m.* — Kenny Hanson, Ralston
» Finals 1: Monday, June 24, 6 p.m. — Drew Duncan, Lincoln
» Finals 2: Tuesday, June 25, 6 p.m. — Patrick Mason, Annapolis, Maryland
» Finals 3: Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m.* — Chris and Mary Little, Omaha (Elkhorn)
On the Friday before the games, June 14, the series will host its opening celebration day. Included will be team practices, autograph sessions, the CWS Fan Fest presented by Capital One, a performance by the Eli Young Band and a fireworks finale.
For more information go to NCAA.com/CWS.
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