At Lightning games, theater organ adds thunderous sound - KMSP-TV

At Lightning games, theater organ adds thunderous sound

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Krystof Srebrakowski's position isn't on a wing, it's in the sky.

"Everytime the Bolts score, my heart just goes up. Then you want to have more and more and more of it," he says.

The Lightning organist does all the pop hits. But his true passion is keeping the fans as one.

"All those big thunders, that's all me!" he said.

To him, notes are glue that keep the Thunder and Lightning cracking at the same time.

"What is appropriate to play at that particular moment? It's like a split-second decision. Let's go Lightning!! And everybody claps!!"

In his second season with the Lightning, he mans the 400 keys of what he believes is the world's largest theater organ, on perhaps the biggest stage.

"It's a beautiful instrument," he says.

The Polish native plays during almost every game stoppage, and has learned that offsides sounds different from icing, which sounds different from a close game, which is different from a goal by the other team.

"I know the rudiments of hockey very well, I have to be able to fit my playing into the game, to know exactly when and what to play," he said.

Unfortunately, the game early on fit the organ's mood a little too well. After three years of having one at the arena, fans notice the texture it provides.

"It brings back an old school feel to the game," said fan Brian Levine. "Organ music is synonymous with hockey."

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