BOSTON — Paige Vigneron got the email from the Boston Bruins on Monday.
We’d like you to come sing the National Anthem before our game Thursday night.
The short notice was no problem for the 20-year-old from Marblehead. Vigneron belted out a clean, perfect rendition of the anthem prior to the Bruins’ game against the Washington Capitals, leaving the ice to a roar of approval from the sellout crowd at TD Garden.
“It’s all about confidence,” said Vigneron, who graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 2016 and is set to graduate from Endicott College this spring. “I just get in the zone and do what comes naturally to me.”
Having sung “for as long as I can remember”, Vigneron is a veteran of performing the anthem at Boston sporting events. Her first time came at a Celtics game when she was just eight years old; she’s also done Red Sox games and, for the first time last season, a Bruins contest against the New Jersey Devils.
A liberal arts major at Endicott who created her own sub-major, music therapy, Vigneron’s routine the night of a performance is simple: drink plenty of water, stay warm and have a cup of tea shortly before she steps to the microphone.
When legendary Rene Rancourt announced he retirement last season, the Bruins were in need of a new National Anthem singer. Hundreds of people sent in videos to the team of their chops, and many were invited to the TD Garden to sing in person last summer. Vigneron was one of the few chosen as a potential anthem singer this season.
But she didn’t get the call until this week … and isn’t sure when, or if, she’ll get one from the team again this season. But if she does, she’ll be more than ready.
“It’s all a guessing game,” Vigneron said with a chuckle, “but I’d definitely love to sing it again if they ask me.”