Music Moves





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Ketchikan Gateway (Boroug

Total Budget: $10,000

Areas of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Community economic development

Activity Type: Community Development: Construction/Renovation

Summary: Six interactive musical instruments and a foundation will be installed at Rotary Beach in Ketchikan Alaska to benefit families and musical art.

First City Rotary is seeking funds to make improvements at Rotary Beach. The project entails installing outdoor music instruments known as freenotes harmony instruments at Rotary Beach. The developer of the instruments is a Grammy award winning musician, who's desire to create these instruments grew out of his own frustration of learning to play music by ear. All the instruments are based on the "white" keys of the piano, having no sharps or flats, making anything you play sound appealing. Many families don't have the resources or support system that allows them to explore music; this park will not only give every child an opportunity to be successful at creating music, but also the instruments encourage multi-generational interaction. The site location is within the boundaries of Rotary Beach park in an area near the children's play area. The addition of out-door instruments will attract people year-round, and the grouping of instruments at Rotary Beach will encourage band and concert type activities either impromptu or structured.

First City membership will be raising money for the project at the annual Duck Race fund raiser. Budgeted Gaming funds will be used to pay for a portion of the project. Previous grants and donations around (32,000.00 have been committed by other organizations) which have made the purchase and shipping of the instruments possible. The instruments are here in Ketchikan, AK. The 10,000 dollars we are raising will be used to build the foundation of the project and will be completed by September of 2020. In addition to raising funds members will also be removing stumps, leveling the site and pouring a foundation to mount the instruments.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Ketchikan (The First City)

Primary Contact: Scott Brainard

Email: ssbrainard@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Ketchikan (The First City) (5010)









Project Supporting Documents

Instrument collection

Park Master plan

Site plan draft


Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Scott Brainard

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Scott Brainard

Grant narrative and finance update

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by Brad Gamble

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Scott Brainard

Stockpile of backfill material arrived on site.


by Scott Brainard

System Entry: Project signed by Scott Brainard.


by Brad Gamble

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Scott Brainard

Backfill work and stump removal started. Added President Pat Tully to the Administrative Accesses for the project.


by Pat Tully

July 2020: Two meetings (7/19 and 7/27) to plan the project. Group consists of Susan Doherty, Scott Brainard, Bruce King, Alan Rockwood, Dave Owings, Rosie Roppel, Pat Tully.


by Pat Tully

Aug. 6, 2020: Laid out rough plan for the project.

Communicated with Borough and Rotary 2000 to coordinate Music Moves with other Rotary Beach improvements.


by Debra Mason

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Pat Tully

September 8, 2020: Susan Doherty and Pat Tully gave a presentation on the project to Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.

September 19, 2020: Work party to stake out site.


by Pat Tully

October 2, 2020: Meeting to plan the preparation of the site.

October 24, 2020: Work party with a dozen Rotarians and others to grade the site, mark it, and dig a test hole for footings.

October 31, 2020: Weather begins to close in; work on site suspended until weather improves.


by Pat Tully

Work on the project has been suspended for the winter; will begin again with final grading and concrete work when weather permits.


by Pat Tully

Project resumes. Rotarian Alan Rockwood measured the site for instrument locations last week. On Apr. 22 we dug 9 footings for the Contrabass Chimes and set PVC pipes for the instrument bases and concreted them in. This Saturday, April 24 we will dig the footings for the other three instruments that have in-ground mounts. Pat will schedule more work parties for the next few weeks.

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