Impressive Impromptu Piano Recital at Costco

March 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’m sure we have all been to Costco and seen the pianos, guitars, drum kits or other instruments and maybe even did a little rendition of chopsticks or Smoke on the Water on one of them.  But honestly, I’ve never heard anyone with more than a rudimentary level of musical skill “performing” at Costco.  And certainly not up to the level of proficiency of this kid!

The kid with the cool hat is nine year old Jake Clayton.  Yes, just nine years old.  The song he is playing is an Hungarian folk song Csárdás as composed by Vittorio Monti in 1904 (according to one of the YouTube comments).  I’m am really impressed by his skill and poise while performing in front of a store full of people.  The person who posted it to YouTube, wrote to Jake to confirm his name and this was his response (the link is to his YouTube channel):

I was nine years old and was in fourth grade when the video was taken. That afternoon, my family visited Costco when I tried out some pianos on display. It was a great surprise to find myself being watched by so many people.

It was nice to know you, and thanks for tagging my channel on your video.

Jake Clayton

Enjoy the recital!


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  1. 1 S Clayton // 2014.03.13 at 4:03 pm

    That’s my son, Jake …. It was a rare day that the whole family took a trip to Costco; usually I take only his younger brother Matthew while Jake stays home to practice with his mother. You’ll see Matthew in the video about the 1 minute mark eating ice cream and me looking over the paino for a few seconds afterwards to ensure Matthew wasn’t bothering his brother … the video was taken by a stranger about 2 1/2 years ago ….

    Thank you for your comments.

    Please check out Jake’s Youtube page if you’d like.

    Jake posted a vidoe of the same song about the same time this video was taken.


    S Clayton

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