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Pianos For People

Kayia Baker leads a piano class for beginners at Pianos for People on Cherokee Street.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

There’s music in the air at Al Chappelle Community Center.

The St. Louis Housing Authority facility, which serves residents of the adjacent Clinton-Peabody housing complex, recently received a heavy delivery: a Kawai upright piano. The instrument is only about 13 years old and in excellent condition.

It was a donation, courtesy of Pianos For People.

The St. Louis-based nonprofit has distributed more than 250 pianos to private homes and public spaces since it began taking piano donations in December 2012.

Alex and Tom Townsend
Courtesy of Tom Townsend

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 22, 2013: I recently watched footage of a grand piano being shoved off the back of a truck. It had barely hit the ground when a giant claw swooped in, clamping down on the beautiful instrument and tearing through it, splintered wood and keys spilling from the sides. As the camera pulled out, it revealed the claw had its prey dangling over a huge mound of shattered pianos.