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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Starr Piano Festival Starr Piano Festival

The Starr Piano Festival is designed around the 10th anniversary of the Walk of Fame, which celebrates the Musicians who recorded at the Gennett studio, the cradle of recorded jazz. We will have a Starr Piano playing marathon in the birth place and manufacture of the Starr Piano to establish a World Record for continuous piano playing. Publicity will be designed around children of all ages and inclusive of all cultures, kicking off the celebration in Jan. of 2016. We will create replicas of Starr Piano’s for display by businesses and others which will become the signature emblem of Richmond.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Robert Wotherspoon

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • We established our very own World record of 52 piano players playing the same STARR PIANO for 72 hours. We also created 8 REPLICA PIANOS that were all painted differently and then placed around our County.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • Being allowed to showcase the prototype REPLICA in the State Capitol.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • The World Record event was recorded and will be used in the future as they attempt to break the record in years to come. The replica piano's will be added to the Festival of murals and more will be added in the future.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • More than 200.

Estimated total attendance.

  • More than 1,000.

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