IWU Music Fraternity Sings National Anthem at Wrigley Field
Illinois Wesleyan's Phi Mu Alpha choir sang the national anthem at a Cubs game on
May 1, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The choir of Illinois Wesleyan University's Alpha Lambda chapter
of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA) sang the national anthem at the Cubs game at Wrigley
field on Monday, May 1.
Founded in 1924, Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of Phi Mu Alpha is a national men's music
fraternity devoted to the support and advancement of music education. Wayne Messmer,
class of 1972 and member of IWU's chapter of PMA, has sung the national anthem for
Cubs home games since 1985 and for the three years prior to that Messmer sang the
anthem for the White Sox. He also spent 13 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks before
becoming a founding partner and senior vice president of the Chicago Wolves Professional
PMA member Justin Barnish, a senior music education major from Downers Grove Grove,
Ill., contacted Messmer about the possibility of the PMA choir performing at a Cubs
game. After hearing a recording of the current PMA choir, Messmer said that they
were the best sounding PMA choir he had heard and worked to find a date that would
enable the whole choir to go perform.
"We're all very excited about the opportunity to represent our fraternity and our
school," said Luke Gullickson, a junior music/history double major from Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, before the performance. "Even the couple of Sox fans among us have been forced
to admit that they are excited."
Contact: Kay Mitchell, (309) 556-3181