Cooley Law School students recently enjoyed a night with Felix and Fingers dueling pianos. We had the honor of dueling at the 2017 Barrister Ball, a charity gala hosted by Western Michigan University’s (WMU) Cooley Law School. Held in ever-growing Grand Rapids, MI at Noto’s: Old World Italian Dining (for more information on the venue, please click here), this charity gala raised money for Anchors Hospice, a hospice program for children. We relished in the opportunity to play at a gala supporting such a wonderful organization.
WMU Cooley Law School’s Barrister Ball
The charity gala’s success made for an exciting night for Cooley Law School faculty, students and Felix and Fingers. Our pianists’ sound danced off of vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, brick walls, glasses filled with fine wine and champagne and wooden banquet tables set with fine china. Men and women arrived in tuxedos and gowns, showing off their sophistication and professionalism as law students and professors. A dance floor was set up at the front of the room, giving everyone a chance to show off their moves while we played our set.
A Professor’s Promise
After final totals of the fundraiser were announced, one professor came to the front. A hush fell in the echoed room as everyone quieted the people around them. As he took his place, some students clasped their hands excitedly, some sat on the edge of their seats. The professor slowly grabbed the microphone, letting the quiet linger. We found ourselves leaning forward, anxious to hear what this professor would say.
He began his speech by congratulating everyone on a job well done and thanked them for rising to this fundraising challenge. He gave a few brief announcements and then, after business was taken care of, reminded the students of a promise he made: if they raised over $300 before the charity gala that night, he would play a few songs for them on his guitar. The students cheered, knowing they had met that goal. However, as the professor set up, he realized he didn’t have a pic. Jim, one of our talented pianists, used his creativity and made one out of an old credit card he had in his pocket. The students laughed and swayed in their seats to the professors music, happy to have that moment.
Time to Boogie
Once the professor had taken his seat, we began playing again. Students took off their jackets and shoes and boogied to the dance floor. Because business had been taken care of, they could let loose a little and dance to their hearts’ content. It was such fun for us to see this other side of the students and faculty, and we had a marvelous time dueling at this charity gala.
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