Grand instrument for Logan Middle School

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Thanks to community donations, Logan Middle School on La Crosse's northside is now home to a grand new instrument. A grand piano now sits in the school's auditorium.

There was a dedication ceremony for the instrument held Wednesday. Local musicians played, giving people a chance to hear how the piano sounds in its new home. One of those musicians was David Marck. A portion of the money for the new piano was provided by his family's foundation, the Bob and Jean Marck Family Fund.

"I think it [the piano] exemplifies what my folks had in mind when they created this fund through the La Crosse Community Foundation. They were all about making community connections and having fun doing it. What better way than through music?"

The cost of the instrument itself, as well as maintenance, was $42,000. Marck said donors can look at it as an investment in the generations to come.

"When you buy a good instrument like this, it lasts a long time. When we first started the challenge people asked 'do you need to spend that much money?' And yes you do. But it will last for 50, 60, 70, 80, 100 years. Long after we're gone there will be kids and musicians making noise on this thing.

Donations for the piano were also raised through the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

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