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Watch: Billy Joel makes surprise visit to NY students’ tribute concert

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GLEN COVE, Long Island (PIX11) — The Piano Man himself was in the audience when students at a Long Island elementary school belted out greatest hits from their hometown legend.

Students from kindergarten through second grade at Deasy Elementary School in Glen Cove had no idea they were performing for Billy Joel.

When Principal Nomi Rosen revealed that the Long Island native was in the audience, parents and kids alike “were in awe.”

“He sat in the audience among parents, and applauded at the end of every song, smiling all the way,” the school said.

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With their fingers pointed toward the sky, elementary students on Long Island sing Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” with the singer in the audience. (Photo: Deasy Elementary School)

The young singers’ performed “The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute Concert” for their parents, teachers and very special guest in front of a backdrop of student-made artwork, the school said.

Watch an excerpt of their special show, above.