Meet musicians to play at the American Legion World Series

Opera singer

Each year, the American Legion World Series centers around baseball players who have spent the summer competing to make it to the big Shelby contest.

To begin each of these games, musicians are selected to perform the national anthem. Meet the people behind the voices, and here’s when they’ll be performing during matches played at Keeter Stadium:


10am Lindy Bryson is a 2022 graduate of Crest High School. She plans to attend Gardner-Webb University where she will major in Christian Studies with a minor in Music. She is currently a music intern at Ross Grove Baptist Church. His plan is to become a worship leader. His music can be found on music platforms by browsing “Lindy Bryson Originals”.

1 p.m. Betty Z. Taylor has worked at Cleveland Community College for 13 years. She sang the national anthem of the American Legion World Series on numerous occasions. She says it’s one of her most cherished songs.

4 p.m. Ralph Glenn hails from Cleveland County and served as lead singer for nearly three decades for the band Ocean Boulevard. Now retired, he sings in his church choir and is a longtime member of the Cleveland County Choral Society.

7:30 p.m. Noah Messick is a bass-baritone singer who is currently attending Catawba Valley Community College in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in Music with plans to earn a Bachelor’s and Doctorate. He won first place in the National Association of Vocal Teachers in the classical division at the state level, second place in the competition at the Mid-Atlantic region level and most recently ranked top five. country singers after competing nationally in Chicago. . Noah plans to become a professional opera singer.


4 p.m. Philip Byrd moved to Cleveland County from Tennessee where he and his wife sang gospel music for over 10 years. He is currently a deputy in the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.

7 p.m. Katie Turner is the Golf Course Manager at Royster Memorial Golf Course. She has an immense love for singing and sings in the New Hope Baptist Church praise band in Earl.


1 p.m. Alton Beal is an evangelist and president of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, where he also serves as mayor.

4 p.m. Neal Wilkinson is a gospel singer from Salisbury. He has performed the national anthem at five major league ballparks across the country and American Legion baseball games for more than 20 years, including local, regional and national playoffs, as well as the World Series of the American Legion 2019 and 2021.

7:30 p.m. Elizabeth Williams Taylor is a Shelby native and graduated from Shelby High School and Converse University with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. After college, she competed and was crowned Miss North Carolina 1982 and won swimsuit and talent awards at the Miss America pageant. She moved to New York where her professional singing and acting career included performances on Broadway, opera and symphony stages in the United States, Canada and abroad for 35 years.


1 p.m. Sarah Fulton is originally from Waynesville and is currently the choir director at Kings Mountain High School. She conducts the award-winning Symphonic Chorale and Kings Revue ensembles. She has performed professionally in venues on the East Coast as well as in Europe. She currently resides in Kings Mountain with her husband, Drew and their two children.

4 p.m. Larry Ray is a member of Post 82 where he serves as First Vice Commander and Chairman of Membership. He is also a former member of the gospel quartet “The Kingsmen” and has received numerous gospel singing awards.

7 p.m. Julia DeSerio is a fourth-grade teacher, currently at Crest Middle School, where she teaches choir and piano. She is also involved in many civic organizations in the county. She has presented at both the North Carolina and Alabama Professional Music Educators Conference and was nominated for Beginning Teacher of the Year for Cleveland County Schools. Julia was Miss Gastonia through the Miss America organization from 2019 until January 2022, where she placed in the top 10. She competed in June as Miss Sandhills, coming second runner-up.


4 p.m. Bailey Marie Grigg is a singer, songwriter from North Carolina. She works with several producers in Nashville and Los Angeles. She is currently focused on building her career as a country and pop artist and has performed across the country at venues such as the legendary Apollo Theater in New York and the Roxy in Hollywood.

7 p.m. Resounding Glory have been singing together for about 12 years. The band members are Chuck Justice, Chris Triplett, Britt McSwain and Tyler Peterson. The group was originally formed at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. They love to spread the gospel of Christ through music.


7 p.m. Carolina-The Band which performs the national anthem is a national artist of Club 44. The band members are Pastor Scott Whitener, Chris “Doc” Roberts, Chris Parker and Andy King.