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A public piano to grace Bricktown, giving everyone a chance to play

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Have you heard of a public piano?

Its where a piano is set up in a busy area and everyone is invited to play.

This is a growing trend in some big cities.

A driven and talented 16-year-old had the idea to bring a public piano to Bricktown and the idea is coming to life.

Soon, you will hear the sound of piano keys echoing throughout the bricks of Oklahoma City's entertainment district.

This colorful piano will be set up at the corner of Reno and Micky Mantle Drive.

Right now its temporary home is in the Plaza District, right in front of Tree + Leaf.

Whether you're an amateur or an experienced pianist, it doesn't matter, everyone has a chance to play.

"I play whenever I'm happy or I'm sad or doing whatever, when I'm practicing. Truly, you can play with any emotion whatsoever," said Jacob Beesley.

Jacob is the driven 16-year-old who came up with the idea to bring shared music to the metro.

It was during a summer camp about local government where he was challenged to write a bill.

"One day I just came up with the idea of pianos in public places and I thought it would be kind of fun because it would benefit me because I like to play piano," said Beesley.

He became so passionate about his bill, he wanted to bring the idea to life.

With determination, he got approval from the Bricktown Association and is already catching the attention of some Oklahomans.

"It will just bring more people down here, something for them to see, something for them to do. That's what it's all about!" said Jim Dunford, Bricktown resident.

"Anybody can play it. It's for anybody, whether you're a beginner and only know a few notes on the piano or if you don't play just to have fun playing different notes, or if you've been playing for 20 years," said Beesley.

The Bricktown Association said they hope to have the public piano in place by early November.