ASU School of Music alum keeps piano practice rooms full, raises money for the school with annual piano sale

ASU School of Music alum keeps piano practice rooms full, raises money for the school with annual piano sale

Jason Sipe’s largesse is as big as a grand piano — each year, the ASU alumnus raises money with an annual piano sale and keeps the School of Music’s practice rooms full of the sounds of tinkling ivory.

It’s his way of saying thank you for the music and to show his gratitude towards his alma mater.

Sipe, who graduated from the School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in 1993 with two degrees, said music professor Walter Cosand changed his life nearly a quarter-century ago by giving him a scholarship and, later, offering sage advice.

“I was contemplating a career as a music instructor or owning my own piano store,” said Sipe (pictured above), who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as the owner of AZ Piano, the largest retailer of pianos in the Southwest United States.

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