VANCOUVER, Wash.-- A school for the blind in Vancouver that turns out piano tuners from all over the world is holding a fundraiser this weekend featuring talented graduates.
We call it 3 Grands. It s patterned after Michael Allen Harrison s 10 Grands concert, explained Jeff Lann, the Executive Director of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind.
Nobody has perfect pitch but what I have is close, said graduate Mac Potts who is one third of the 3 Grands.
He now plays professionally and tunes pianos. It costs $29,000 to educate students like Mac.
Some pay tuition but we rely heavily on fundraisers, said Lann We are very grateful Mac and the others are helping us out.
Mac plays about every genre but admits even he has limitations. It s pretty tough to rap on the piano. Other than that I can play it, he joked.
Mac has made a name for himself as a regular at the Waterfront Blues Festival and he ll be one of 10 Grands at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall later this month.
I have learned to work the crowd so they ll tip me really well, he said.
Some of those tips likely come from when he plays backwards, tapping out tunes as if he were positioned correctly at the piano. It s incredible, said one onlooker.
Three Grands is schedule to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 13th at Fort Vancouver High School.
For ticket information call (503) 320 6604.