The Old Sax Guy

Posted January 17, 2011

Photo by Keara Dowd/Capitals Outsider

It’s undeniable that the atmosphere surrounding the Washington Capitals has changed over the last few years. Home games are now community events, with activity buzzing hours before puck-drop throughout Chinatown. Several superfans have emerged, ranging from longtime mainstays like “Goat” and “the Horn Guy” to newer fanatics like the Capstronaut.

However, one part of the Caps game day experience that isn’t often talked about is the music. Pre and post game street music surrounds Verizon before the Capitals are set to play. A couple of new guys have come over the years, but there is one who has been there from the beginning: the Old Sax Guy.

Ever since Verizon opened as the MCI center, this man has been sitting at the top of the Gallery Place metro station playing his saxophone before the Caps take the ice. With his gray dreadlocks pulled back away form his face, he powers through his sax for most home games.

When he’s not working Caps games, he moves around the city. He’s been seen on L street around lunchtime as well. Most importantly, his presence inspired what is now a chorus of tunes surrounding the arena. There are now a couple of people who bring drum sets of buckets, and others who come and go with their instruments. He was there again before the Senators game yesterday, this time with a flute.

But only one has been there from the beginning. After 15 years, he’s still going strong.