Jan. 24, 2008
By Tyler Koonce, Sports Information Assistant
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A familiar face and sound to Southeast Missouri State baseball and basketball fans can now be heard at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., home of the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues. Jeremy Boyer, who plays the organ at Southeast games at Capaha Field and the Show Me Center, was recently hired as the Blues' organist.
"Close to the beginning of the year, a Blues team representative called me and invited me up for an interview," Boyer said. "He knew I was a student of former Blues organist Ernie Hays, and had played organ for Southeast Missouri State baseball for several seasons, as well as the Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate. I auditioned for him, he liked what he heard and decided to make me the team's organist."
Boyer, a native of Potosi, Mo., and 2004 Southeast graduate, plays at Redhawks baseball and basketball games in addition to the Redbirds. He also conducts a professional choir at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Mo. As an undergraduate, Boyer played in the Southeast Show Band while working on a music degree in secondary education.
"Playing in the Southeast Show Band was a big help with learning what kinds of music got the crowd going, and also gave me some opportunities to play on my own," Boyer commented. "I especially am thankful for the opportunity Coach Hogan gave me by allowing me to start off playing some organ for the baseball team. It really helped me to build my repertoire as well as give me live game experience. A lot of the music I play now are things that I developed and put together while starting out here for SEMO baseball!"
Boyer, who resides in Cape Girardeau, will continue to play at Southeast baseball and basketball games when his schedule allows. Redhawks fans have the opportunity to hear a professional talent and Southeast graduate who loves to play for his alma mater.
"I feel very lucky to have such fun jobs that I really enjoy," Boyer said. "I'll still be playing at several SEMO basketball and baseball games this spring semester to keep my chops in good shape."
In addition to supporting Southeast athletics, fans are encouraged to come out and listen to Boyer, who is making a name for himself on the professional circuit while still remembering where he got a start as a live musician at athletic events.