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From left: Steinway Piano Gallery’s Greg Billings, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) professor Dr. Michael Baron and dignitary Alan Korest, FGCU’s Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, Steinway’s Tommy Edds, and FGCU dignitary Marilyn Korest

Strictly Steinway

The Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Fla., recently became an all-Steinway school. It’s the 111th school in the United States to receive the designation, which means it only features Steinway pianos. Steinway Piano Gallery of Naples handled the transaction.

Greg Billings, owner of Steinway Piano Gallery, and Tommy Edds, regional manager for Steinway & Sons, presented a commemorative plaque to FGCU dignitaries, including Bower professor Dr. Michael Baron, donor patrons Alan and Marilyn Korest, and FGCU President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw. The Bower School invested in more than 30 Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos, including two concert grands, in conjunction with the opening of its new School of Music building.

“We’re thrilled to be at this milestone,” Billings said. “FGCU also has a close relationship with our Steinway Piano Society, co-sponsoring two piano competitions and providing a scholarship for their most promising piano student.”

“Steinway is a name synonymous with quality,” Bradshaw said. “The Bower School of Music joins the ranks of esteemed music conservatories and universities that demonstrate their commitment to excellence through the exclusive use of these quality instruments in instruction, practice and performance.

“Our students come from all over the world to study at the highest level of musicianship. With the acquisition of these pianos, they will be able to refine their craft on the finest pianos available.”