By: Madison Padilla
Chief Copy Editor 

On a chilly January evening, students of all years gathered outside the doors of the Lower Hangar of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the eagerly anticipated event that is Dueling Pianos.

As the doors opened at 7:00 p.m., students poured in to receive free food and for those 21 and older a wrist band into the exclusive beer garden.  

Once people settled in, the two pianists introduced themselves to the nearly full house. Shortly after introductions began one of many songs that would fill the night air.

Once warm ups were done, the two performers encouraged students to send in requests via paper notes that Board of Campus Activity (BCA) members would take up to the stage.

Almost immediately, the duo got requests for songs such as the “Spongebob Squarepants” theme and the “Halo” theme, much to the dismay of the performers.  

Despite the goofiness, the classic that really started off the night was “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The requests began flowing in as the crowd sang along with fervour.

Other classics that had the audience going included “American Pie,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Fat Bottom Girls,” and “Piano Man.”  

Over the period of the night the genre switched from classic rock, to Disney hits, to hip hop, everything in between.

At a certain point the pianists began to spur a friendly rivalry between the audience in the beer garden and those in the general section.

Challenged to sing the best,each side strutted their stuff with victory going to the 21 and over crowd.  

As the night wound down, students were very pleased with how the event went, even for students who hadn’t been to the event before.

Senior mechanical engineering student, Katie-Beth Higgins, commented that, “They go ham,and they were way more fun than I expected.”  

Another student, Murtuza Lemonwala was ecstatic with the event, “When they were like ‘Rise up!’ we rose up! It was a lot of fun – especially the Journey song!”

Once again, the Dueling Pianos event was a raging success, as students were able to have fun,sing with friends and make new memories.  


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