Bobby Cressey plays all kinds of genres on organ, piano and keyboard, including jazz, ska and reggae. He plays at Padres, Gulls and Sockers games and other gigs across Southern California.
If you’ve been to a Padres, Gulls or Sockers game, you may have already heard Bobby Cressey playing the organ. You may have also heard him in various gigs around Southern California playing all kinds of genres, including ska, reggae and jazz.
A San Diego native, the 37-year-old is a lifelong Padres fan who found his perfect gig at Petco Park after years of building a musical resume that has included performances with Snoop Dogg and Bobby Brown and music in various television shows, movies and even a video game. It’s his versatility that makes him the type of organist who can play “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and the “Game of Thrones” theme song in the same game.
“You’ve got to be able to play tunes and you have to know baseball,” Cressey said an interview with The Conversation podcast. “I’m versatile enough and I know and love this team and that’s why I thought this is a great gig for me.”
He’s been playing at Petco Park for 10 years. Fans can find him at daytime games for the Padres in section 313. And yes, he is willing to take requests, both in person and via Twitter, where he is @bobbycressey.
“I get to be out in and among the fans, which ended up being this super cool benefit,” Cressey said. “It’s one of the things that became one of the most important parts of the job.”
Check out his full interview on The Conversation with Abby & Luis.