Tuesday, February 17, 2004

The Lottery
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - James Groscup thought he would never see his prized trombone again after the custom-made instrument he had played for 20 years was stolen from his van.

But, thanks to a quirk of fate, Groscup and his cherished trombone are making music again, and the notes couldn't be sweeter.

'I've got something I thought I would never, ever see again,' said Groscup, a Charleston musician.

The trombone, which was stolen in January, turned up recently in the trunk of a stolen car that Charleston police had recovered and returned to the owner. The man drove the car for several days before he opened the trunk to retrieve a pair of jumper cables and found the trombone, Groscup said.

The man took the instrument to David Stern, South Charleston High School's show choir director, Groscup said.

Stern didn't need the trombone, so he offered it to Brad Bradley, director of American Federation of Musicians Local 136. The musicians' union furbishes old instruments and gives them to low-income kids.

After hearing a brief description, Bradley said he knew the trombone was Groscup's so he arranged for the two men to meet. On Feb. 10, Groscup and his trombone were reunited.
Don't you just love happy endings.


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