Billy Joel was in the audience… for a Billy Joel concert!
The kindergarten, first and second grade classes at Glen Cove's Deasy Elementary School put on their annual spring show last week. This year, they made it a tribute to the Piano Man himself!
Teachers and faculty at the Long Island school knew that Billy lived just a few miles away so they decided to invite him to the concert, but they never expected he’d actually come!
About 5 minutes before the curtains came up though, the legendary musician entered the auditorium and took a seat in the back!
How great is that?!?
Principal Nomi Rosen described just how incredible a moment it was for the students and parents there!
"We invited Billy Joel on a lark, but we didn't expect him to come. It was totally thrilling. We were all beside ourselves.”
Word spread to the stage that the man who wrote all of the songs that these kids were about to sing had arrived! Musical director Rosita Mallo admits she felt a bit nervous having Joel in the room, saying:
"I found out two minutes before the concert started that he was here and it totally freaked me out. My nerves went sky-high. This was a very welcomed surprise. It gave the kids extra energy to perform.”
Eventually, Billy got bombarded with autograph and photo requests from those around him. He decided to leave the show early, so as not to upstage the real performers that evening.
But for dozens of Long Island kids, they’ll have one heck of an incredible story to tell for the rest of their lives!
Ch-ch-check out a clip from the concert below!
[Image via GLEN COVE SCHOOL DISTRICT.]
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