1929 Mason and Hamlin Grand Piano back at CHS
The newly restored and rebuilt 5'8" piano is again sitting in the Chariton High School music room. The piano was in need of repair and it was taken away to be restored last fall and is now back in service at CHS to be enjoyed by music students for years to come. CHS Vocal Music Teacher, Mike Deatz, who has been at CHS for 33 years, fell in love immediately with the piano when he first came to Chariton in 1980 and he wrote a grant to rebuild and restore the piano this past summer. Deatz, who is retiring at the end of this school year, was happy to give back to the school by making it possible again to have a top-of-the-line instrument in the vocal music room. The total cost to rebuild and restore the grand piano was $17,740. The Vredenburg Foundation donated $15,240 and the Chariton Alumni Association contributed $2,500 for the restoration project, which was done in Colorado by Greg Shaffer, who used to live in Iowa and had tuned pianos in Chariton years ago.