Capitals organist lets go after 22 seasons

You may not know Bruce Anderson, but chances are you’ve heard him play the organ before.

For 22 seasons, Anderson served as the Capitals’ organist. That is, until last week.

“I got a phone call from a supervisor, and he said we were going beyond the organ,” Anderson told FOX 5 Friday during an interview at Lutherville Music School in Maryland, which he owns. “I’m not crazy or anything. It’s just that I kind of wanted to go out on my own terms. You know, I’ve been doing it for a while, and I thought I’d try to play until until Ovi retires.”

Earlier this week, Anderson tweeted the news and said he was shocked by what was to come.

“I have been truly touched and gratified by the fan response,” he said, noting that even Caps right winger Tom Wilson tweeted, “Your music and the organ will always remind me of play at home!”

Anderson said his best moments include being with the team when they won the Stanley Cup, playing during the Winter Classic in front of thousands of fans at Nats Park, and that time he got a shout out from the famous announcer Doc Emerick on national television.

“In the organist community,” he recalled, “it was like, oh yeah, Doc said something about the organ!”

Now Anderson plans to continue teaching at his school and he said he is not done going to games yet.

“Oh sure. Yeah, definitely,” Anderson said of going to games as a fan. “I’ll enjoy the show a bit, not the pre-recorded organ music, but I’ll enjoy the show.”

In a statement, the Capitols said, “Ahead of the 2022-23 season, we have decided not to bring back the live organ portion. We are continually looking for ways to transform the playing experience, including having songs organ recordings professionally recorded and We thank Bruce for his contribution to the organization and wish him the best.

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