Formerly hidden away backstage at the Pratt Municipal Building, a beautiful Steinway grand piano will now be a featured asset of the USD 382 music department.
The Steinway grand piano that has been in storage at the Pratt Municipal Building for decades was moved to Pratt High School Auditorium Tuesday through a loan agreement between the city of Pratt and Pratt USD 382.
“This was a win-win,” City Manager Rick Eckert said Wednesday. “It’s one more thing that Pratt can be famous for. The Steinway couldn’t be in a better place!”
USD 382 Superintendent Suzan Patton started the ball rolling for the school district to utilize the Steinway when she broached the idea to city commissioners at their December 3 meeting last year. She was on hand Tuesday when the movers backed up to the Municipal Building loading dock.
Pratt High School vocal music teacher Brandon Wade was also on hand to greet the moving crew, as were PHS vocal music student David Mathes and District Maintenance Director David Inslee.
Patton said it was Wade who instigated the Steinway request when he told her there was a Steinway at the Municipal Building just sitting there.
“He asked ‘wouldn’t it be neat if we could use it for our concerts and other evets at school’ and I agreed with him,” Patton said.
To make the transfer of the Steinway from the Municipal Building’s loading dock to the nearby LMS auditorium required the removal of the piano’s legs before transport.
Many years ago, the Steinway was donated to the city of Pratt by the late Dr. James VanBlaricum, who, during his lifetime, would drop by the Municipal Building from time to time to check on it, according to Pratt Recreation Director Bruce Pinkall who oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Municipal Building.
Pinkall said the piano had not been used for some time.