Nashua singer hopes to perform anthem before Bruins gameBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent August 27. 2017 10:36PM
NASHUA — Alan St. Louis has become a local celebrity for his powerful vocals, but now the Nashua resident is hoping to spread his talent elsewhere — on the ice with the Boston Bruins.
St. Louis has been trying to score an audition to sing the National Anthem for the Boston Bruins for years. This year, after viewing his video audition, the team finally reached out to St. Louis and asked him to travel to the TD Garden for a live audition.
“They kept the audition a secret. There were 40 other singers there,” St. Louis said of the try-out, which took place on Aug. 15. “I was a little nervous because it was a different environment for me.”
He had one chance to wow the four judges, and St. Louis said the talent was intense. He is hopeful that he will hear back from the team during the first week of September.
The legendary Rene Rancourt has been mesmerizing Boston Bruins crowds with his rendition of the National Anthem for more than 40 years, however, Rancourt told VICE Sports in 2016 that he was contemplating retirement.
“What they told us is that Rene cannot do all the games. They are looking for maybe 15 games to fill, and possibly more depending on the circumstances,” said St. Louis, who stressed that Rancourt doesn’t seem ready to hang up the microphone just yet.
St. Louis said he would be honored to sing the National Anthem during the Bruins’ home games.
At 55, St. Louis, who works for Raytheon Co. in Andover, Mass., spends much of his free time singing at the Silver Knights collegiate baseball games in Nashua.
“I have become somewhat of a good luck charm for them,” he said last week.
About five years ago, St. Louis performed the National Anthem 217 times in 364 days — a task recognized by recordsetter.com as the most anthem performances by one person in one year; he went on to perform the most anthems in one year with 500 performances in 2016.
As soon as he hit his first record, St. Louis was contacted by the Boston Red Sox and had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for a home game against the Cleveland Indians in 2012.
“It was a big dream of mine to always sing there, but they spelled my name wrong on the jumbotron,” laughed St. Louis. The following year he was invited back and sang at Fenway Park in 2013 for a game against the New York Yankees. St. Louis has submitted video auditions for not only the Bruins, but also the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics. He has auditioned live for the Celtics on five occasions.
“I have made the finals every year but never made the cut,” he said of his attempt with the Celtics.
Just why does he spend all of his time trying to get on the ice, court and field to sing the National Anthem? It isn’t just about getting his name out there, said St. Louis, explaining he simply just loves the patriotic song.
“The veterans really appreciate it,” he said. “I like to hear the song done right, and I do it the way it is written. I do not take liberty with the arrangement. I will sing anywhere they ask me to.”
Earlier this month he performed the National Anthem for the first time at a boxing match. St. Louis holds seven records for his anthem performances throughout New England. Now, however, his primary goal is to get a call from the Bruins. He knows he can never replace Rancourt, but St. Louis remains hopeful he will have a shot to make an even bigger name for himself.