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Retirement community choir to sing National Anthem at Orioles game

Former Orioles Al Bumbry shared the big news
Posted at 10:51 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 07:49:12-04

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry was at the Atrium Village Retirement Community in Owings Mills for a big announcement on Tuesday.

The community's choir, also known as the Village Voices, found out that they were invited to sing The National Anthem at Camden Yards this summer. The choir features residents from Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.

"We're excited and we'll encourage other people to look at the Orioles more, because they are coming back alive," said Adrena Johnson.

"I think that's great, I'm going to be famous," said Gloria Horwitz.

The choir was created as a therapeutic tool for residents with dementia. It then grew into something much more, helping residents, even those with advanced dementia.

The goal has been to create friendships, connect with the past, and most importantly find joy in the present.

"We are honored to share our wonderful choir with the greater Baltimore community, and help people understand why connection, joy, and in this case,music is such an important part of the senior living experience,” said Reuben Rosenfeld, Atrium Village’s Executive Director.

The Village Voices will sing before the Orioles game versus the San Diego Pares on June 26.