In October of 2009, several piano students disappeared at Gist Piano Center while performing a recital. A year later, their concert footage was found. Undeterred by this terrifying setback, several more piano students attended a recital at Gist in October of 2010. They too disappeared. The only record of their horrific experience came from a digital camcorder that happened to record the entire event. After hours of work, experts were able to salvage two minutes and 56 seconds of video from that recital. Determined to find these missing students, authorities at Gist posted this haunting video online – hoping that someone would know where these students had gone. You can still see that video >here< – but beware. Once you do, you may never sleep soundly again.
Now, exactly one year later, students are gathering in record numbers to search the Haunted Steinway Halls in Louisville and Lexington – looking for some sign of their missing comrades and exploring all of their various music theories.
Students at Western Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky will begin the 2011-2012 school year with a Yamaha digital piano lab – thanks to another partnership between Jefferson County Public Schools and local piano experts at Gist Piano Center. On Wednesday, August 17, representatives from Gist Piano Center and Jefferson County Public Schools assembled the 15-piano Yamaha digital piano lab for what turned out to be the first day of classes in the school year. The pianos, which came from another JCPS school, were brought in, unboxed and inspected for missing components before assembly.
“We were lucky that they were so well packaged,” said Tim King of JCPS. “We were only missing a few screws, some AC adaptors and a couple of stands. Thankfully, we were able to set the pianos up just in time for classes.”