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Miller Park organist Dean Rosko in the driver's seat.
Miller Park organist Dean Rosko in the driver's seat.
The Lowrey organ looks like an airplane cockpit.
The Lowrey organ looks like an airplane cockpit.

Organ transplant at Miller Park

No doctors were required Tuesday afternoon as local organ guru Bob Kames completed a ballpark organ transplant and helped Brewers organist Dean Rosko get comfortable at Miller Park's new Lowrey Prestige organ.

After five years of rockin' "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on a Kawai organ that looks much like the organ your mom has in the sitting room, it looks to the untrained eye that Rosko has traded up, thanks to Kames.

"Even on the most basic sort of musical level it's a pretty improvement here," says Rosko. "I'm not quite sure if it makes my job easier or harder. There's a lot of new things to learn. There's an awful lot of capability here. But it's going to be really, really good."

While the old instrument had a selection of buttons, it also had a decidedly old school floppy drive. This new organ boasts two keyboards with full-size keys and an array of illuminated switches that look more like an airplane cockpit than a musical instrument. And it has bass pedals.

So, is this like saying goodbye to an old friend or are you thinking, "good riddance," Dean?

 

 

 

"I can't really say good riddance, It served us well. It did a good job for us. It did the orchestral sounds, piano and strings very well. It was the organ sounds where it was lagging just a little bit."

Although it looks like Rosko still has a lot to learn before opening day at Miller Park on Friday, I suspect he's a quick study and that he's happy to spend more than a little time woodshedding with his new gear before then.

In addition to playing at 81 Brewers home games from his perch in the scoreboard room in the Miller Park press box, Rosko -- who cut his teeth playing at a roller rink -- also performs at an Illinois church and at Organ Piper Pizza on Highway 100.

Kames said the old Kawai organ that Rosko has used since joining the team in 2003 will likely be auctioned off to benefit either a Brewers charity or the Bob Kames Foundation.

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WestSideWillie | April 9, 2009 at 2:17 p.m. (report)

34664 Ulice Payne's Ghost remains. I was at the fan's talk back in 2003 when UP, Jr. said he was bringing back the organ. That's a ballpark!
Glad it has stayed, however I get tired of Dean's fondness for playing marches. I'm surprised the regime has not got rid of Ulice's ideas simply because it was his idea and implementation not theirs.

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High_Life_Man | April 8, 2009 at 2:53 p.m. (report)

Now do something about the horrible and repetitive pop music they play.

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viewfromnyave | April 8, 2009 at 10:42 a.m. (report)

34571 Bruno, I don't think they had had the organ at County Stadium for years before they brought it back at Miller Park.

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Bay View Patty | April 8, 2009 at 8:16 a.m. (report)

I hope they use the organ to it's fullest capacity! That is one heck of an instrument!

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brunocarlson | April 7, 2009 at 10:23 p.m. (report)

35104 I have to be honest, I assumed that with the building of Miller Park, they replaced the organ with a keyboard or even a computer. That is cool that they still keep the old school vibe of a genuine organ. Great article.

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