Franklin High School Kimball Organ Awareness
PSTOS is helping Franklin High School faculty get acquainted with their
When Queen Anne High School closed in 1981, their Kimball Theatre Pipe
Organ was moved to Franklin High School, where it was beautifully
installed, then put under wraps. It's been virtually in hiding ever since.
For the past several years, PSTOS has made a number of attempts to bring
the organ to the attention of the faculty, students and parents.
Exciting things are happening with Franklin High School's Theatre Organ!
Last November 25th, PSTOS presented a Theater Organ concert for four
classes at Franklin High school arranged by teacher Karen Hart and PSTOS
President Bob Zat. Bob talked about the history of the theatre Organ in
general, and Franklin's organ in particular, explaining the pipes, the
toys, and the mechanics of the instrument.
Tedde Gibson, a Tacoma Pizza & Pipes organist, and presently a music
student at U. of W., gave a marvelous demonstration. He asked the students
to come to the stage and try the organ. They were very excited to hear and
try the instrument and are eager for another encounter.
PSTOS was invited by Carol Jackson, the new president of the Benjamin
Franklin Arts Foundation, to attend her first meeting with the group which
works to fund the Arts program at Franklin. She asked that the organ be
demonstrated at the meeting on February 11th.
Bob Zat once again gave a very informative history of Theatre Organ in
general and the history of the instrument at Franklin. Tedde Gibson did a
fantastic demonstration of the organ and explained the difference between a
Church Organ and a Theatre Organ. The people there were very interested. A
teacher video-taped the performance and said she would show it to the
students over the intercom the next morning!
Franklin Update: PSTOS was recently asked to participate in the
Franklin Arts Festival and Tedde Gibson played a short concert and silent