Sponsored by the Randi Potter School of Piano Technology
Everyone is welcome to join in this casual gathering. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great way to start off the week.
We’ll announce PTG award recipients for 2017 and start our 60th Anniversary celebration with a preview of the outstanding lineup of classes and special activities scheduled for this year. You’ll have an opportunity to win some nice prizes and join in the fun as we launch our 2017 convention.
PRESIDENT’S WELCOME RECEPTION
Featuring Scott Jones and the Pitchlock Piano Bar
PTG President Phil Bondi invites you to join him in a fun-filled evening of food and entertainment. Back again by popular demand, Scott Jones will lead us in some amazing karaoke. You’ll have plenty of time to socialize and there’ll be more opportunities to take home a great prize. Take a fun souvenir photo (props included!) Everyone is welcome!
WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY
REBUILDERS AND RESTORERS SHOWCASE
Be sure to make time in your schedule to see and study this collection of some of the industry’s most successful and innovative rebuilders and restorers as they display their craft. The showcase area is adjacent to the Exhibit Hall and is open during Institute class hours.
PTG TIME CAPSULE
Take a visual tour through PTG history as we celebrate our 60th year. Relive key moments and celebrate those who have made PTG the great organization it is today. This multi-media display will be open during Institute class hours.
ST. LOUIS CITY TOUR
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of St. Louis with a professional guide. We’ll start with the revitalized Laclede’s Landing warehouse district, then drive through the downtown are past the Old Courthouse, Busch Stadium and local neighborhoods. We’ll stop at the Gateway Arch to view the Arch construction movie “Monument to a Dream” or take a trip on the tram to the top of the Arch. We’ll then stop at Favazza’s Restaurant, located in a famed Italian neighborhood known as “The Hill.” After lunch, we’ll take a tour of the beautiful Cathedral Basilica, whose interior is adorned with 83,000 square feet of mosaic tiles and is one of the largest mosaic collections in the world. We then move on to a tour of the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate factory. Learn how this family-owned operation still makes candy by hand. You’ll enjoy a private sampling of chocolates in their tasting room. We round out our day with a drive through Forest Park. Home to the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park includes St. Louis’ finest museums and attractions including the world-renown St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Science Center. Your $95 tour fee includes guided tours, a ticket for the Gateway Arch movie or tram, lunch and dessert at Favazza’s, and transportation.
EXHIBIT HALL OPENING
Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Get a first look at many of your favorite suppliers, manufacturers and vendors in the PTG Convention Exhibit Hall. Entry a drawing, consult with a company rep and start shopping. The Gazelle Network and PTG are teaming up to provide all full registrants with a coupon good for a free lunch!
SCOTT JOPLIN AND ST. LOUIS RAGTIME
Sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation
The PTG Foundation invites you to take a trip back to early 1900’s St. Louis, when...
- the new ragtime music was all the rage,
- St. Louis was the epicenter of the new musical style
- Scott Joplin was earning his reputation as “The Father of Ragtime,” and
- the piano was the entertainment center of the home.
Outstanding local ragtime artist, Ragtime Dr. Dave Majchrzak, will be our guide. Come enjoy the trip and have a toe-tapping good time. You’re in Scott Joplin’s St. Louis! Admittance free.