Pacers' longtime organist Neil Copley passes away
The Indiana Pacers announced on Monday that the team had lost a beloved member. Organist Neil Copley, who brought the ambiance to Pacers' games from 2008 until last season, as well as a stint in the early '80s, passed away on Friday, according to the team.
"Neil was a tremendous asset to our organization and the fans and he will truly be missed," said Dean Heaviland, Vice President of Game Operations, via the team's website. "His ability to follow the game and play the organ in sync with each possession is unmatched, and he was so good many people didn’t even realize he was playing live each game."
Going to a Pacers game was a classy affair because of Copley. While many teams have gone the route of piping in prerecorded music and never letting the game breath, the Indiana organist was a perfect touch to a night of basketball. He will be missed by the Pacers and the Indiana community.