DETROIT (WWJ) – Comerica Bank is giving high school marching bands a chance to play the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game during Opening Weekend, and $5,000.

The March the Park national anthem contest is open to all high school marching bands from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Entries will be accepted Jan. 29 through Feb. 26.

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Contestants should upload a video of their marching band performing the national anthem to YouTube and submit it through the March the Park tab on the Comerica Cares Facebook page.

In addition to being offered the opportunity to perform the national anthem at the Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park on Saturday, April 9, 2016, the winning marching band will receive 130 tickets to the game and a $5,000 grant to support their school’s marching band program.

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“There’s nothing like a marching band to get fans into the spirit of the game,” Michael Ritchie, Comerica Bank-Michigan president, said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing their performance of the national anthem at Comerica Park and to supporting their marching band program, which teaches students discipline, teamwork and trust – skills we value at Comerica Bank.”

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the Detroit Tigers and Comerica Bank and narrowed down to the top 10 contestants. The top 10 videos will be available on the Comerica Cares Facebook page and open for public voting March 8 through March 20 and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 21.

For more information and to enter, visit

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