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Doan to Conduct for Phoenix Symphony

Shane Doan will lead musicians as they perform national anthem

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Coyotes captain Shane Doan loves trying new things, especially those out of his comfort zone.

 

Remember his appearance on the survival TV show called "Mantracker" a few years ago? Doan and his brother Brook successfully eluded the "Mantracker," and the show was a big hit.

Shane Doan

With a similar mind-set, Doan has jumped at the chance to serve as guest conductor for The Phoenix Symphony as it performs The Star Spangled Banner on its Opening Night on Sept. 16. Doan will conduct more than 70 musicians as they play the national anthem just before they perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to kick off their 2016-17 season.

"The people with The Phoenix Symphony are very nice people and they reached out to me to do this," Doan said. "At first I thought maybe they'd dialed the wrong number because I have absolutely zero, and I mean ZERO, musical skills. I can't carry a note whatsoever, I can't keep tempo and I'm tone deaf. I can't even whistle or hum. But I'm very honored and excited to do this. Hopefully it will be something that's fun for everyone involved."

Per The Phoenix Symphony: "Shane Doan was an obvious choice to receive this honor due to his role as an NHL Captain, his 20 years as Captain of the Arizona Coyotes, and because he represents Arizona by being one of its most supportive and selfless community leaders."

The Phoenix Symphony

Doan has attended several symphonic performances, in Phoenix and in other cities, and enjoys the music.

"They are very talented and disciplined people, and to watch them and to hear them is just amazing to me," Doan said. "That music is so emotional and moving when it's done the way they do it, you can't help but feel it. Every time I've gone it's been so enjoyable. I'm very excited about getting the opportunity to be a small part of it this time."

Doan plans to take a conducting lesson before he takes the stage, and he will dress formally for the event. He may also ask pal Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals for some advice because Fitzgerald served as a guest conductor for The Phoenix Symphony back in 2012.

Tickets for the event start at $18 and are available at www.phoenixsymphony.org.

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