October Meeting: SPECIAL DATE & TIME!!
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: In the comfort of your living room, your bedroom, your kitchen - wherever you can find a TV. Turn on KCET- Channel 28 (To find the KCET channel in your area, go to KCET.org)
Special Program: Premiere of "AMERICAN GRAND"

At our last meeting we were fortunate to have as our guest speaker, Michael Frederick, Founder and Director of Alexander Technique Workshops Intl. in Santa Monica. We had just the right number of attendees for him to not only explain the Alexander Technique in very practical terms, relating it to piano technicians and the stress we may experience “on the job,” but also for him and his fiancÚ, Carol Prentice, a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique, to give all of us a small hands-on experience of the technique and benefits. We all walked away just a bit more aware of how we use our bodies and how we can easily avoid abusing them.

Not all chapter meetings have to be about pianos. Those in attendance at this meeting were in agreement that there are other topics that can be brought in to provide valuable learning experiences to help us in our work. Our thanks to Jeff Bauer, Manager of Keyboard Concepts in Santa Monica, for providing space for the meeting, and to Mark Tabor for staying late and keeping the doors open for us.

This month's meeting is going to be one of the easiest for everyone to attend. No traffic to worry about, unless you are meeting your friends crosstown to watch it together. Make some popcorn, sit back and enjoy! On Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm, watch KCET's premiere of "American Grand." Richard Davenport and his Happy Merry Workers come together in this musical documentary adventure rebuilding a grand piano. Most of the HMWs are not only RPTs but also members of the Los Angeles Chapter, and one is from the Pomona Valley Chapter. Can you name all of them?

PTG and the Southern California members are co-sponsors of "American Grand." We hope this program will not only bring PTG before a wider audience but also help stimulate conversations between piano technicians and their clients. Whether the conversation leads to a rebuilding estimate or to your local piano dealer for a new instrument, we hope it will enlighten those who think all we do is crank the tuning lever or make the spinning lights stop. Go to PIANOMOVIE.com for more information and watch the trailer!