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January 28, 2007

SABRE DANCE: Lockport resident supplies music at HSBC Arena

Ken Kaufman, 57, is a Lockport resident and organist at home games for the Buffalo Sabres. He’s married with two children — a son in a PhD program at Harvard and a daughter teaching art in West Virginia.

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QUESTION: How long been the Sabres’ organist?

ANSWER: Since (the team moved) to HSBC Arena.

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Q: What were are some of your other jobs?

A: Lots of studio work, including commercial jingles for many local businesses such as City Mattress, Tops, West Hurr, Value Home Centers. I also have done a few film scores for independent films and musicals. Most well known was “Vamping” staring Patrick Duffy.

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Q: How did you get started?

A: A friend of mine was running the sound systems when the team moved into the new arena, and he called me up; I came in, gave an audition and got the job.

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Q: When did you start playing?

A: At age 7, I started taking piano lessons. After high school, I went on to Eastman, and after graduating there, I joined the local rock band The Road, who had a few nationally successful hits.

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Q: What does a typical night consist of?

A: I arrive about an hour before the game to do a sound check; there are a LOT of wires connecting to the speakers, so we have to make sure everything is set up. During the show I wear a headset so I can hear the producer, and he’ll tell me when and sometimes even what to play. I play mostly rallies, to get the crowd excited.

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Q: How does it feel to work with the Buffalo Sabres?

A: It’s really an exciting job. They’re great to watch; the best thing about the team is how they never give up, something I think is very commendable. The games are fast-paced full of wonderful staking. The team isn’t made up of big stars, but they somehow find a way to connect and win, which is amazing. I think they will make it deep into the playoffs this season.

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