Indy company building organ for Alabama church hit by tornado

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —  You may remember the blizzard that hit the week of Christmas in 2012. While it was snowing in central Indiana, a tornado hit the city of Mobile, Alabama.

Nearly two years later, a church that was damaged in that tornado is almost rebuilt.

24-Hour News 8 learned it’s an Indianapolis company that is custom building one of the finishing touches: its organ.

Goulding and Wood Pipe Organ Builders on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis has been building organs since 1980.

They say every organ takes about a year to build. Much of the wood comes from Indiana, and everything is crafted here.

“Music is something that connects to all the people that are there through births, through weddings, through baptisms, through confirmation, funerals. Just day to day activities we’re all together as we pray together in the community,” said Phil Lehman, Business Manager for Goulding and Wood Pipe Organ Builders.

They just put together their 51st organ, and last week, were able to set it up to play it inside their shop.

That organ will now head to Trinity Episcopal Church in Alabama. It has about 1800 pipes within it.

“This will be the final stage of the rebuild,” said Trinity Episcopal organist and choirmaster Kevin Davis. “We’re looking forward to that.”

Davis was in Indiana last week to see the organ when it was all together.

He says the congregation has been back inside their church since August.

Goulding and Wood says it takes ten days to take the organ apart.

They say they’ll have all the parts of the organ in Alabama by Christmas.

They plan to install it, in early January. After that, they say it takes time to tune it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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