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Students learn about the king of instruments

The Putnam Herald

Friday, January 24, 2014

 

HURRICANE — Before their Christmas break, Hurricane High School Music Appreciation students took a field trip to learn about one of the region's most impressive instruments.

 

The students were instructed about the versatility of the world-class Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane.

 

Tom Minshall, organist and board member of PipeSounds, an organization promot­ing community organ concerts, organized the event with music teacher, Kim Edwards. Dr. Larry Stickler, professor of music at Marshall University narrated the story, "Rex, the King of Instruments" in rap style while Minshall demonstrated a multitude of instrumental sounds and variations of the organ.

 

The organ, the largest draw knob console in the world, is a six manual and pedal organ with knobs, 2,600 actual pipes and more than 20,0000 digital pipe notes. Organ artists from all over the country have traveled to Hurricane to perform community concerts.


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Photo courtesy of Karen Lilly
In December, Hurricaqne High School Music Appreciation students learned more about the Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church Sharing their knowledge of the organ were Larry Stickler (left) and Tom Minshall.  [Metro Putnam, January 29, 2014]
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Go to the PipeSounds home page.