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Music fills the hallways of South Burlington High School

Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 7:56 AM EDT
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - After a year of silence, music programs at many local schools are up and running -- a major excitement for some students. But at South Burlington High School, the sounds of a piano also fill the hallways.

What better way to pass from class to class than with a little musical accompaniment as you walk.

“We didn’t want the music to stop,” said South Burlington High School Vice Principal John Craig.

The old Baldwin was collecting dust, out of tune in the band room, so to make space for band class, it was given a new spot and a tune-up.

“We were able to get someone to come in and have it tuned, with the goal of it to be played whenever a student was available to play it,” Craig said.

He says there are a handful of regulars who frequent the keys and it adds a bit of joy for passing ears.

“We’ve taken a lot of the fun away from school this year and this was an opportunity for us to bring a bit of fun back,” Craig said.

“The last couple of weeks, it’s been tuned and repaired and it sounds great,” said sophomore Walker Hughes, a self-taught pianist who has played for 11 years.

Hughes says the new addition to the lobby was a welcome sight.

“Go from advisory and then come back down and play the piano and people walk by and enjoy it,” he said.

And Hughes says when he is in school, it’s music passing his time.

“I go to lunch, I eat my lunch, then I go right back down,” he said.

Craig says the piano is not just serving its purpose now, but will for a long time.

“I think in years when we look at this thing here, we’ll think back to these times and this will be one of those silver linings, of one of those things that stuck,” said Craig.

The plan is to make its new permanent home the lobby.

That’s music to the ears of Hughes, who has two years left.

“I hope it stays for as long as they will let it stay,” he said.

Craig says it’s all about bringing a little joy in an otherwise tough year.

“We’ve taken a lot of the fun away from school this year and this was an opportunity to bring a little bit of fun back. Just bring a smile to people’s faces, and kids will gather around and listen at times, so it’s been a great addition to the hallways this year,” he said.

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