Joplin Music Teachers Hope to Salvage Sheet Music
JOPLIN - Joplin High School, which was destroyed by a May 22 tornado, is scheduled to be demolished within the next two weeks.
Before that happens, band director Rick Castor is hoping to salvage hundreds of pieces of sheet music that he believes could still be inside the structure. Some of the sheet music is no longer in print -- including the score for the school's fight song.
The Joplin Globe reports that the school's music department lost $3.7 million in equipment, instruments and music. Castor says the sheet music library alone was worth between $600,000 and $1 million.
The music department has received donations from across the country, including $300,000 worth of instruments from singer Barry Manilow.
Superintendent C.J. Huff says costs will determine what is salvaged from the building.