Baby Grand Piano donated to Southern Delaware School of the Arts

post SA piano 2

This Baby Grand Piano was recently donated to the Indian River School District’s Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

SELBYVILLE – When Jack Jennings and Steve Molinari of Washington, D.C. were selling a home they owned in Bethany Beach, they were faced with the problem of what to do with the Wheelock Baby Grand piano that was housed inside.

With the help of a local building contractor and musical instrument repair expert, the piano was donated to Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville.

The piano arrived at the school on May 13 and was utilized for the first time at the spring vocal concert on May 20.

“The piano is in great condition for its age,” said SDSA music teacher Denise Adkins, who estimates the refurbished piano was built in the 1920s or 1930s.

Building contractor Tom Vogel worked with Mr. Jennings and Mr. Molinari to arrange the piano’s donation to the school. Joel Smith of Joel Smith Music in Salisbury, Md. moved and tuned the piano, which will be permanently housed on the school’s stage.

“This is the first time we’ve had a real piano at our concerts,” Ms. Adkins said. Previously, the school used a small digital piano during performances or moved a piano from a classroom to the stage. The donated piano has resulted in better sound quality during concerts.

Southern Delaware School of the Arts offers its heartfelt thanks to Mr. Jennings, Mr. Molinari, Mr. Vogel and Mr. Smith for their generosity in improving the school’s music program.

The Sussex County Post delivers news from Georgetown and southern Delaware. Follow @SussexPost on Twitter.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.