Special Tournament Guests
The Special Forces Association Parachute Team
The Special Forces Association Parachute Team provides a nucleus of professional parachutists who are highly trained and equipped to perform freefall parachute demonstrations in support of local and national venues. The team consists of active duty military, retired military, and includes current Department of Defense support elements. Their main emphasis is to enhance the image and heritage of the US Army Special Forces, past, present, and future. They are a first come first serve team and are a 501(c)19 nonprofit tax exempt organization
The Houston Tidelanders Chorus
The Houston Tidelanders Chorus is a performing chorus of the 30,000-man Barbershop Harmony Society’s Houston Chapter. They are an acapella, men’s singing organization comprised of quartets and a large performing chorus. Although they were chartered in 1946 they are consistently rated amongst the Top 20 performing choruses at the Society’s International Chorus Competition. The Houston Tidelanders preserve the Barbershop harmony style and don’t merely sing those old “chestnuts” from the early 1900’s. Instead, they perform pop, Broadway, country and western or Gospel songs, which are far more contemporary. They perform at Houston Baptist University, as well as suburban cabaret-style “Good Time” shows around the City each year. In addition to their various revenue-generating performances, they also present benefit appearances at area churches, schools and hospitals.
The Tidelanders have been active in the Greater Houston community for over 60 years. It is estimated that they reach at least 8,000 people each year with their chorus and quartet performances or through their various community outreach activities.
Hall of Fame Announcer Bill Brown
30 year veteran and Texas Baseball Hall of Fame announcer, Bill Brown. The lead broadcaster of the Astros television team for over 20 years, Brown worked seven years with the Cincinnati Reds then hosted a show for a cable network in Los Angeles before joining the Astros.
Brown fit into his role so comfortably that many overlook his timely recital of facts as the game plays out before him. "Brownie" was the constant tv voice through Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports, Fox Sports Net, Comcast Sports - Houston and Root Sports Southwest. Fans know that when his normally smooth delivery turns into a growl, that something good has happened for Houston. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.