Professional pianist and 2013 Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival performer Bryan Wright entertained students at Skyline Elementary School on Monday afternoon, helping to educate students on ragtime music and promote the upcoming festival June 5-8.
Skyline Principal Kelly McFatrich introduced Wright, who then presented a very entertaining half-hour musical program, which also included a slide show of many of ragtime’s great performers, both past and present.
The syncopated presentation included showing the inner workings of a piano, and ended with everyone dancing in the gym to Bryan’s final number.
Wright and his wife (vocalist and musician) Yuko Eguchi Wright are traveling to 11 area schools this week, accompanied by Joplin Foundation board member Melody Satnan.
According to the Joplin Foundation, Bryan Wright, of Lynchburg, Virginia, is presently a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh where he is pursuing a PhD in historical musicology. Classically trained on piano from age 5, Bryan first heard ragtime late in elementary school and soon began studying the rags of Scott Joplin. Wright operates Rivermont Records, a Grammy-nominated label devoted to ragtime and early jazz. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.