FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — It’s a story that started nearly 60 years ago when an Indiana woman lost her favorite sheet music.
Marilu Brunson and her band, Musical Memories, play in nursing homes every month. They play songs of the past, but not her favorite song. That’s because she lost the sheet music for Repasz Band March Two Step 58 years ago, or so she thought, until she bought a used accordion from Triple C music store. It came with some old music and a stand.
“On the top of the pile of music was this song I had lost 58 years ago,” Brunson said.
She thought it was just a copy, but a great find nonetheless. Then she looked inside.
“I brought it home and opened it up and here was my hand writing inside. I thought how can this be,” Brunson said.
What Brunson had forgotten was that she gave that sheet music to a young student all those years ago. That student was Carole Preston. When Preston took the accordion to Triple C Music Store a few days ago to sell it, she threw the music in there too.
“All I wanted to do was find somebody to make use of the accordion,” Preston said.
Little did she know that somebody would be her old music teacher. Brunson was about 27 years old in 1958 when Preston was about 16 years old.
“The music I lost in 1958 came back to me in 2016, 58 years later,” Brunson said.
All these years later, Brunson can still play the upbeat tune she’d always adored, and what looks like just a tattered old piece of music lead to a priceless gift from the past.
“It’s great to discover people besides music,” Brunson said. “I hadn’t seen Carol in 58 years so this has been a lot of fun.”