Papst appeals for bag’s return
Long-time Wimmera musician and entertainer Don Papst, 86, has appealed for the return of his music bag and the life-long collection of sheet music it contained.
Mr Papst, who has played dance music for most of his life, much of it as a volunteer or for charity, is desperate for the bag’s return.
The performer’s bag, containing a collection of music played at balls, old-time dances and various events for the past 60 years, as well as electronic cables, went missing while he was packing up his car after a dance late on a Friday night.
The theft occurred in the car park at Horsham’s Hamilton Lamb Hall while Mr Papst had gone from his car to the hall to collect equipment.
Apart from sheet music and miscellaneous cables, the bag also included music handed down to Mr Papst from his musician father Billy Papst.
Mr Papst’s family members said he had been devastated by the loss. His son Trevor said the family was desperately appealing for help or for the items to be returned.
“Needless to say, Don is shattered with the loss of this precious collection and we all question what would someone ever want with this bag of music. We’re doing what we can to have this very sentimental bag recovered for him,” he said.
“Without that music he can’t perform properly at all the rest homes, markets and old-time balls, which is his life.
“Don’s stolen music bag has been reported to Horsham police and we’re hoping anyone in the community who might know it’s whereabouts can help in having it returned.”
Trevor Papst said anyone who knew about the stolen bag could get in touch with police or with him at Horsham Harley-davidson in Mcpherson Street.