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National Anthem

Your choral or instrumental group can have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem prior to a Hershey Bears hockey game! Perform on the ice or from the stands and receive pictures of your performance (dependent on group size). This is an excellent fund-raising opportunity. Find out more.



Michael BensonMichael Benson

Michael Benson is honored to sing for the Hershey Bears for a tenth season. He is a graduate of Milton Hershey School and Pennsylvania State University, earned his CPA, and is employed at the Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Commission as the Chief Accountant. Michael attends Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg and serves as a member of the Praise Team. In addition to singing, Michael and his family actively host foreign exchange students and enjoy teaching them about American life and history. He is a proud father of two sons and two daughters and three exchange daughters from Sweden, Germany, and Norway. The entire family hopes the Bears have another exciting season and win a Calder Cup! Go Bears!



John BowlingJohn Bowling

John is honored to be back with the Bears for a fourth season. He is a graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School and Susquehanna University, and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has been teaching music in Pennsylvania since 1983, and in the Millersburg Area School District since 1985. Since 1993, he's been the music teacher at Lenkerville Elementary School, where he also directs the chorus. In addition to singing the national anthem for the Bears, the Harrisburg Senators and the Baltimore Orioles, John has been very active over the last 15 years with the Susquehanna Township Baseball Association, as a coach, a board member, and field director for two local youth baseball All-Star tournaments. Both of his sons are pursuing musical careers: Ian is a graduate student in vocal performance at Boston Conservatory and Andrew is studying voice and composition at Rowan University. Good luck Bears!


Lesa CloseLesa Brackbill

Lesa Brackbill is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. After living in California for twenty-five years, she decided to become a Pennsylvania resident in 2008 and proudly calls Harrisburg "home". Lesa has been passionate about music her entire life and has spent a great deal of time refining and sharing her gift--which includes playing seven instruments -- through singing at church, weddings, school choirs, and by giving music lessons. She became a regular national anthem soloist while in college and continues to sing this special song at several venues across Central Pennsylvania -- including the Port Royal Speedway and the Susquehanna Speedway Park. Lesa works for the Milton Hershey School as a museum guide at the Dearden House and as a Relief Houseparent with her husband. She also serves as the worship leader for her church, Redeeming Grace Church. Lesa is thrilled to be returning for her fifth season with the Bears!


Laura DelaneyLaura Delaney

Laura has a passion for singing and doesn’t usually turn down an opportunity to do so. She has been singing ever since she can remember, participating in school choir, church and wedding performances, local sporting events, Lehigh Valley’s May Fair and the Philadelphia 76ers. She also grew up in a family that loves hockey, so singing for the Hershey Bears is always exciting! Laura is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Corporate Communication and now owns her own marketing firm, Delaney Marketing & Communications. Originally from the Lehigh Valley, she is a proud wife and mother who now resides in central Pennsylvania. Laura feels blessed to be able to share her God-given talent and to have the support and love of her family.


Krista JakubikKrista Jakubik

Krista Jakubik was born and raised in Hummelstown and lived there most of her life. She attended Shippensburg University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching in Norfolk City Schools, in Virginia, she moved back home to Hummelstown, to raise her family. Krista lives with her three children Andy, Katie and Joe, and her two dogs, Booboo and Andy-dog! Krista has been singing since she was 10 years old and has been now for 45 years. Her family has been such a great support system for her, as well as her "sweetheart" Nelson and for that she thanks them! She feels blessed to be able to share her voice and is glad to be given the chance to do so! This will be Krista's seventh season with the Bears and she's really looking forward to it! She's honored to be back!!! Let's go Bears!


Erin KellyErin Kelly

Erin Kelly is 18- years old and a student at Lehigh County Community College. She performs at numerous events across the region and is also a performer for Musicians on Call, which brings live music to the bedsides of patients in health care facilities. She has performed at the Capitol in Harrisburg, the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., and for the Philadelphia Phillies and 76ers and for the PA State Chamber of Commerce. She also performed at half-time at the season opener for the New York Knicks in 2007. This year is her 11th year singing for the Bears. She is honored to be singing for another Hershey Bears season...Go Bears!



Amy LambertAmy Lambert

Amy Lambert, who resides with her husband in Palmyra, has been singing with the Hershey Bears since the good ‘ol days back in the "barn.” Amy holds an associates degree in Theater from Harrisburg Area Community College and has been singing and acting since the age of 10. She has performed in churches, weddings, college productions, and community theater. In addition to singing, she has also been seen in commercials for Lowes, Hersheypark, Stauffers of Kissel Hill, and the movie "Girl Interrupted”. My love goes out to my parents, my brother (my favorite game companion besides my dad), my in-laws, and most of all my amazing husband, Leon. All of you have been such a wonderful support to me and I can't tell you how much I love you for that!! Have a great season Bears!

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