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Blues Organ Tradition

When people think about about hockey traditions, the organ has to come to mind, but what many people don't know is that the St. Louis Blues actually introduced the organ to the hockey world. In the Blues' inaugural season, the NHL heard organ music for the first time as Norm Kramer played W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" when the team entered the rink. He played a familiar tune "When The Blues (Saints) Go Marching in" after goals and fans would excitedly sing along. Kramer would only play for a few seasons with the Blues, but his music was the beginning of a tradition that continues today around the league.

Following Kramer's departure, musician Ernie Hays would take over the organist job and play for Blues games along with Cardinals games and several other sporting events. He would play for many seasons with the Blues but, sadly, he would not make the journey over to the new Kiel Center when the Blue's moved.

Prior to the 2007/2008 season, the Blues had used pre-recorded organ music for several years to keep the tradition alive. In an effort to recapture the magic of the old tradition, they searched for a new organist. This search led them to Jeremy Boyer, a Southeast Missouri State Alum, who will be beginning his tenth season playing for the Blues this fall. Boyer began playing the organ for sporting events at his alma mater and then went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals Triple A team, the Memphis Red Birds. After studying with the great Ernie Hays, he soon landed the job behind the Blues organ. 

Boyer still honors the original traditions set by Norm Kramer and plays pieces he learned from Ernie Hays, while adding his own personal flavor to the music to make it his own. Along with the tradtional stuff, he also plays a wide variety of current music and pieces that relate to what is happening in the game at any given moment. He has become a fan favorite, but not just among Blues fans. His work has been complimented by fans across the league, including fans who dislike the team itself. 

When you go to a game at Scottrade Center, you can expect to hear many songs including the following:

  • "When The Blues Go Marching In" following goals.
  • "Here Comes The King" to get the crowd clapping. 
  • "Lets Go Blues" to get the fans to rally behind their team. 
  • W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" to send the players off the ice following each period.
  • Following a goal against, Boyer is known to play something clever to poke fun at the opposing team. 
Below are some examples of what you will hear at the game.

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