Nashville, Tenn. (March 18, 2015) – The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena debuted a new organ during Tuesday evening’s game against the Minnesota Wild. The Predators, who have employed organist Kyle Hankins (Krazy Kyle) since the start of the 2002-03 season to entertain guests with live music, replaced their previous instrument, an electric piano, with Roland’s AT-900 Platinum Edition Organ.
Along with the new organ, fans will notice that Krazy Kyle’s performance area, located between sections 101 and 120, has undergone renovations, making room for the new organ and improving on the area’s overall look and feel. The addition of the new organ and the revitalization of Krazy Kyle’s performance area is the most recent in a string of upgrades that the organization has done to improve the experiences of all fans, performers, athletes and vendors that come through the doors of Bridgestone Arena.
“In-game entertainment at Bridgestone Arena encompasses everything from dance music to live bands to funny skits and videos,” Director of Event Presentation Brian Campbell said. “One of the centerpieces of our in-game presentation is our arena organ played by ‘Krazy Kyle.’ For years, Kyle has done an incredible job entertaining fans and we’re looking forward to seeing that continue on this great new instrument.”
“The organ has been a centerpiece of hockey’s tradition and game presentation for years,” Campbell said. “This new organ, with its incredible sound and capabilities, will showcase Krazy Kyle and insure that the organ remains integral to our game presentation and home ice atmosphere for years to come.”
Organs can be found in approximately two-thirds of all NHL arenas and the Preds’ new instrument, the AT-900 Platinum Edition, is the flagship of Roland’s Music Atelier series. The organ includes an acclaimed virtual tone wheel with sounds built in, authentic pipe organ sounds, an enhanced arranger engine and a lineup of Roland’s SuperNATURAL sounds.
“During the hockey game, I need three things: an incredible organ sound, a really authentic orchestra sound and authentic drum sounds,” Hankins said. “To me, there is no other organ in the U.S. market that can deliver, much less compete with the Atelier AT-900 Platinum. Every time I play it, I’m discovering something new. It is the most versatile organ. My goal with playing the Roland Atelier 900 Platinum in front of a capacity 17,113 each night is to captivate [the fans] and inspire [the fans] that music is fun.”
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