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Grand addition to Wa-Hi Music Program

Music Boosters donate grand piano to Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla Public Schools Music Coordinator Roger Garcia was all smiles this week as a Steinway B grand piano was delivered to the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium thanks to a generous donation from the Music Boosters. The $24,000 used piano was purchased from a church in Salem, OR following nearly two decades of fruit sale fundraising by the Music Boosters.

“I am beyond thrilled as this has been one of my major goals since taking the position 16 years ago,” said Garcia. “The piano has a beautiful walnut finish and is in excellent condition.”

Garcia says the Steinway will be housed in a special cabinet on the stage of the auditorium for the Wa-Hi Choir and other performances. The school’s current Yamaha Baby Grand will be moved from the auditorium to the choir room of the new bond-funded Music Building for rehearsals and practice sessions.

A local piano tuner is scheduled to come to Wa-Hi to service the piano later this month. The piano broker who secured the purchase will come back in two months to make sure it is working properly.

“This is a significant improvement for our program and I can’t wait for the students to see it on the first day of school,” said Garcia. “This piano will sound so much better and enhance the experience of our music students. We can’t thank the Music Boosters enough for this amazing gift.”

PHOTO - Piano broker Matt Hirschfelder delivers the Steinway B grand piano to the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

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