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Tantasqua talent showcased at Red Sox game

Tantasqua senior Joe Conceison performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park on Saturday, July 3. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
July 07, 2010
STURBRIDGE — At 17, most young men on their way to Fenway Park would be excited just to sit in the grandstand and take in a game.

Few ever get to set foot on the grass. Even fewer become the center of attention.

On Saturday, July 3, the night before Independence Day, Tantasqua senior Joe Conceison sang the National Anthem at the start of the Red Sox game as part of the ball club's Central Massachusetts Day festivities.

"There was a lot of nerve build up all week, but it was an amazing experience," Conceison said a few days after his major league performance.

The road to Yawkey Way was a serendipitous one for Conceison, who regularly sings the Star Spangled Banner at Tantasqua basketball games.

Present for some of those games is Carl Beane, the voice of Fenway Park.

Beane, a resident of Holland, often announces Tantasqua's home games for radio broadcasts, during which he heard Conceison sing.

At Beane's encouragement, Conceison submitted a recording of himself performing the National Anthem and soon thereafter was contacted by the Red Sox and invited to Fenway.

"It was definitely the biggest crowd I've been in front of," Conceison said of the 38,106-member crowd.

Despite having never had that many eyes on him at one time, Conceison is no stranger to performing in front of an audience, having most recently starred as Nathan Detroit in Tantasqua's production of "Guys and Dolls."

Conceison's passion for music was fostered from a very young age, first picking up a guitar at 8 years old, and beginning to work on his vocal skills in the third grade.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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