Here’s a story of a new Roland organ in one of the largest and most visible arenas in the United States. Just think of the thousands who will hear this live organ sound instead of the recorded pop music that has become the norm. Also fun is the 360 degree video; you can see his entire studio!
Ray Castoldi’s 27th season as the organist for the Knicks and 25th for the Rangers has already been like no other, largely because of the handsome Roland AT-900 organ that now hunches in a tiny booth five stories above the arena floor at Madison Square Garden.
Compared to a mere keyboard, which Castoldi had played at the Garden since 1989, the Roland, known generically as a theater organ, is a step up in class as well as a step back in time, to when ballparks and arenas were fitted with booming organs that provided warmer, richer, deeper sounds to sporting events.
Further in the article is this heartwarming bit:
Castoldi is happy to report that the number of arenas with live organists is growing, to 22 at his last count. Four N.H.L. arenas now use theater organs, including the United Center in Chicago; the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul; and Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., where the 24-year-old Lightning installed a pipe organ in 2010 for a more authentic hockey experience. “There’s like a revival going on,” Castoldi said.