Talent and then some at the Oak Bluffs School

Third-grader Emily Mello sang "Best Day," accompanied by her dad, Rick, on guitar. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Thirteen years ago, music teacher Brian Weiland’s first Talent Night at the Oak Bluffs school was over in 20 minutes. On Friday night, several hundred students and their friends and relatives crammed into the cafeteria to celebrate a program that ran from 6:30 to 9 pm, with a 20-minute break between two acts, each loaded with more than a dozen songs and dances performed by students from second grade to eighth.

There was music of every genre, it seemed — folk, rock, classical, pop, Broadway, country — from composers of all sorts and eras, including Lennon and McCartney, Gioachino Rossini, James Taylor, Francis Scott Key, Michael Jackson, Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Dancing was featured too, including a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.

Brian Weiland expressed his appreciation to the many people who pitched in to make the evening a roaring success. On the program, he wrote, “And most importantly, thank you to all of the performers who got onstage this evening. I couldn’t possibly be more proud of you all!”