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Aggie Piano Brings Intrigue and Talent to MSC

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

The Texas A&M memorial student center may have a fresh face but there's an old friend that still echoes through these halls.

A piano that sits the MSC Flag Room came back to rest its legs in the same room it's been for as long as anyone can remember.

Each day, random students will sit down and tickle the ivories.

Some students pay no attention, others may take a moment or two to soak up the sonata.

"I've been to a lot of universities and never seen this before," said visiting teacher Beth Adams.

"Yeah, it's really nice," said student Miles Vann

Vann is senior who plays a little 42 with friends while listening to the eighty-eight.

"Some of the students really know what they're doing. Like who ever is playing right now. It's really nice," said Vann pointing to the piano.

"I can't read music or anything. I just like the notes," said Lance Elliot.

Elliott is a sophomore who doesn't mind banging out a few tunes.

Some of which are his own.

"That was just something that I made up a while back," said Elliot after playing an incredible piece.

The mild Mozart plays on a daily basis just to pass the time but doesn't mind when students take time to appreciate his solos.

"Sometimes you get a nice crowd reaction. People come up and say, man you're pretty cool. And I'm like yeah! That's awesome! Getting thanks from people," said Elliot.

"Getting other people to hear when normally they wouldn't," said Christian Williams.

Williams is another Aggie who tests his tunes to the sometimes tuned out crowd.

For now, he sticking with his future day job.

"I know I'm going to have my career but in my free time, I'm going to make REAL songs," said Williams.

What's really incredible is the amount talent that one can see on any given day in the middle of the MSC.

"It's so fun because there are so many different people that are talented in so many different ways so you get to experience that. Enjoy what they have to offer," said student Abby Miller.

It's been said that life is like a piano, what you get out of it depends on how you play it. Well at the MSC, life is good.

The piano is believed to have been added to the MSC Flag room by John Wayne Stark but when is something even Texas A&M wasn't completely sure about.


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