Thankfully, I was wrong. When I showed up, there were at least 15 pianos on stage, all arranged on risers like a scene out of a PBS telethon. At the center of the stage, a lone piano stood, and off to stage right were microphones, a drum set, and a guitar set up. Clearly this was something different than what I had expected. When the show started, it was clear we wouldn't be listening to one student, but around a dozen students concurrently playing their pieces on stage. One student would typically be assigned to play the solo piano for more challenging roles, and the rest played backup behind them. To make the show even more approachable, a number of the high-profile junior and senior choir students sang the vocals for the piano pop-songs. To top it all off, some students from the guitar class would chime in on a song or two for that extra edge. Overall, it was a great night!
I'm sure I've said this before, but it's always interesting what you'll find when you actually start looking for things in this job. I spent the majority of my first three years attending very few after-school activities simply for lack of ambition/time. It's turned out, though, that the more events you attend, the more events you want to see. People are doing great work (including a special shout out to Mr. Tranter for planning and running last night's events along with his "coordinators" Ms. Jenkins and senior Elaina Depetro) all over the place at this school. If you don't stop in to see what they're doing, you'll never really get to see the best the school has to offer.