Howland choir to sing at Cavs game

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers take to the Quicken Loans Arena floor to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, 27 students from Howland High School will have already been there.

After auditioning in October, the school’s chamber choir will sing the National Anthem before the game tips off at the Cleveland arena at 7 p.m.

‘‘We’ll take center court before tip-off, and I’ll give students a pitch on my pitch pipe, and they’ll sing it a capella,’’ said Anjanette DePoy, high school choir director.

According to DePoy, a promotions manager — also a Howland alumni — contacted her and asked if they’d be interested in an audition. After taking a week to prepare, they sang the National Anthem for him in September, and the choir found out in October that they’d been picked to perform.

Though their seats will be in the nosebleed section, said DePoy, the choir members will stay for the game, which is sold out. But they won’t be the only ones from Howland there; about 90 in all, including parents and other students, will travel to Cleveland to watch.

‘‘I have a lot of basketball players in the choir, so we have quite a few who are excited to see the Cavs and LeBron James,’’ said DePoy.

‘‘Even Usher, because we heard he comes to all the home games.’’

Source:  Tribune Chronicle