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SWAPPING GIGS: Sterling Riggs helps a Jeffersonville church rebuild historic organ

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- Musician James Taylor is using his star power to help a small church in Southern Indiana restore a pipe organ.Sterling Riggs went to work with a pipe organ builder who's responsible for bringing the instrument back to life.

Members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Jeffersonville can relate to James Taylor's lyrics. The Great Flood of 1937 whipped out its contents and then in 1981 it was damaged by fire. Now, Taylor and many other volunteers are helping the church find new life and a new sound.

He heard about the need for a new pipe organ and agreed to auction off a signed copy of his sheet music to help the church raise funds. But Taylor is just one small piece to the puzzle.

Louisville pipe organ builder Jim Miller agreed to donate an organ that needed restoration work. "My wife and I didn't have the money to finish this organ so we decided the best thing to do was donate it to St. Paul's," said Miller.The restoration project will take 1,500 man hours to complete.

But Miller is taking it one piece at a time. He let Riggs repair the tremolo, build a toe board and tune a few pipes. Miller and other volunteers from the church are all chipping to finish the project. He hopes to have the project completed by Easter.

The online auction to purchase James Taylor's sheet music will run through Feb. 11. To find a link go to WDRB-dot-com the auction, CLICK HERE.





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