Bria Skonberg to sing RBC Cup’s opening national anthem

Skonberg, who hails from Chilliwack, is a Juno Award-winning jazz musicican

Chilliwack is hosting the RBC Cup for the first time this spring, and to inaugurate the occasion, Juno Award-winning Bria Skonberg is returning to sing the national anthem in her hometown.

“I sang the national anthem for a Chiefs’ game once, and that was so scary,” said Skonberg, who’s performed for large audiences around the world.

“It’s unaccompanied (and) everyone knows the words,” explained Skonberg, who’s more used to being in the spotlight than being put on the spot. However, she says she’s lucky that she’s had some recent practice in her adopted home of New York City.

“I sang the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for a hockey game, and it was a really interesting experience.

“But I’m equally nervous singing the anthem for the Chiefs as I was for the New York Rangers!” Skonberg exclaimed. “I feel good this time, though. I’ve done it once—I’m prepared.

“I’ll just treat it like a big sing-along with 3,000 of my closest friends.”

Skonberg will be kicking-off the 2018 RCB Cup National Junior A Championships on May 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the Prospera Centre. To purchase tickets online, please visit the Chilliwack Chiefs’ website at ChilliwackChiefs.net.


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