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Student artists at Sequoyah Public Schools brought history to life on a piano they are donating to the Claremore Museum of History. 

The piano is decorated with the theme of Rogers County, prominently highlighting the schools, tribes and historical figures that contributed to putting Claremore, Oklahoma on the map.

The top of the piano is adorned with the portraits of Patti Page, Lynn Riggs, Stuart Roosa, Clem and Will Rogers, and Andy Payne.

The front gives recognition to the county’s Osage and Cherokee roots.

The back is a tribute to Principal Chief Clermont of the Arkansas Band of Osage, for whom the city of Claremore was named.

The logos of the Rogers State University Hillcats, the Claremore Zebras and the Sequoyah Eagles recognize the schools that serve the Claremore area.

The cow-filled pasture and Claremore Lake scene beneath the keys honor the land and animals that allow Rogers County to thrive.

And the left side of the piano is painted to memorialize the woman who originally donated the piano to the school.

In sky blue, beneath a Route 66 sign, the piano is dedicated, “In memory of, and donated by, Pam Bilby, Sep. 4, 1952 – May 10, 2018.”

The Sequoyah students who worked on the piano since September were Seniors Lauryn Anderson and Kaylee Landrum; Junior Kenley Bilby; and Sophomores Madison Pope, Cailin Warner and Nicole Meeks

The students agreed that the piano was time consuming and detail-oriented, but ultimately a fun project.

“It’s fun watching people play on it when we worked so hard on it,” Warner said, adding that since the piano has been on display, multiple students played it before and between classes.

Over 100 Sequoyah students, 9th through 12th grade, participated in the art show.

Art Teacher Lindsay Monhollon said “It’s important for students to look at other students’ work, to see what their fellow students are capable of. The art show brings a fun, competitive element to our school and teaches students about the critique process.”

Claremore Museum of History Executive Director Andy Couch thanked the students, as well as Krystal Bilby and family, for their gift.


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