Anybody who has ever seen Spider-Man 2 will attest to the fact that being a pizza delivery driver can suck. This laborious job involves driving/cycling back and forth between the restaurant and customers' houses, in any-and-all weather conditions, swerving in-and-out of dangerous traffic, only to be occasionally tipped two bucks by a person who cares more about their pizza than they do your existence.
Oh, and if there is a problem with the order, then very often customers won't blame the chefs or the establishment, they'll "shoot the messenger" and blame the driver. Why? Well, because they're the ones in front of them.
You see, just because somebody is delivering your meal for the night, doesn't automatically mean you're better than they are. They are people too, and you can't know their story unless you ask. They could be a college student looking to make a bit of money to support their education, or they could be a single parent working three jobs just to be able to keep a roof over their kids' heads.
And some, like this delivery driver, may possess a breathtaking talent that would simply go unnoticed if you never took an interest in the person underneath the helmet.
When the Varchetti family Detroit, Michigan, ordered a pepperoni pizza from Hungry Howie’s for their evening dinner, they had no idea of the jaw-dropping show they would soon witness in their own home.
After 18-year-old delivery guy and recent high school graduate Bryce Dudal arrived at their suburban home to deliver their meal, he peeked inside their foyer and spotted the family's baby grand piano. "That's a beautiful piano," Dudal commented, "Can I take a look at it?"
Now, most family's would probably be a little weary about little a young stranger into their home - but not the Varchettis. They invited Bryce in and informed him that the piano generally goes unused. They then asked the teenager if he could play, and offered him the bench.
What happened next left the family speechless. Check out the amazing video below:
Taking a seat at the piano, Bryce started playing a beautiful rendition of the third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata. For a minute and a half, the teen's fingers glided over the ivories, leaving the Varchettis blown away.
“He was just beyond good,” Julie Varchetti said in an interview with The Washington Post. What's more, Dudal is entirely self-taught and played the sonata completely from memory.
Another impressed spectator was the family's 10-year-old son, Ryan, who stopped playing Fortnite and rushed over to hear Bryce play. “When he started playing, I was surprised,” Ryan said. “I thought he was going to break the piano at first.”
The video of Dudal's impressive performance was originally posted to Facebook by Julie Varchetti, along with the caption:
"Hubby ordered Hungry Howies tonight (Which we never do because I’m obsessed with Jets, but I wasn’t home) for the kiddos and the delivery guy noticed our piano. He kindly asked if he could play for a sec and this is the treat they got!!!! Figures I wasn’t home. Says he’s self taught. His name is “Bryce”. What talent! [sic]"
Almost immediately, people were liking and sharing the post like crazy - in awe of Bryce's remarkable talent.
And thanks to the overwhelming response, Bryce has now started receiving some media attention and is finally getting the recognition his talent deserves.
“A lot of people sit down at the piano and play something slow and beautiful,” Bryce said. “But when I play for someone, I like to go all out."
Speaking to The Washington Post, Bryce recalled how he started playing at the age of six, first learning a couple of simple songs from his aunt on a small keyboard. Then, when he'd go to visit his aunt at her place, he'd practice on her full-sized piano.
Dudal then started teaching himself a few songs - one of which was the theme song from Scooby-Doo.
It wasn't long before Dudal's passion for music became his primary focus, and so his mother bought him several Beethoven CDs - and it was at the age of six or seven when he first heard the third movement of the “Moonlight” sonata. (When I was seven, I had only seen the movie Beethoven about the lovable dog...)
“It’s a flashy, fast, amazing piece,” he said.
After sitting down and listening to the piece for hours on end, Dudal eventually started tying to recreate it the best he could on his keyboard and his aunt’s piano. It just came so naturally to him. Within a couple of years, this young boy/musical prodigy had learned most of the piece.
“It was a long process. You have to sit there and think and try to put it on the piano, piece by piece. I couldn’t read music back then,” Bryce said. “I would sit there and listen for hours and hours and try to figure it out.”
Noticing that their son had a natural flair for the piano, Bryce's mom and dad - a police officer and surgical technician respectively - decided to sign him up for piano lessons. However, due to the fact these teachers insisted on teaching Bryce the "basics" and have him start on beginner songs, Bryce eventually ended up going through five or six teachers!
Bryce didn't want to play 'Three Blind Mice' - he wanted to continue learning Beethoven.
Eventually, his parents were forced to buy him a bigger keyboard, and then a piano. Finally, when he was 12 years old, Bryce was paired with a music teacher who was able to teach his remarkable capabilities. She taught him to read sheet music and also helped him fine-tune his favorite piece of music, Bryce revealed.
After years of lessons and practicing for hours every day, Bryce started high school, where his interests were split between baseball and sports. In fact, in a stunning change of paths, Dudal actually earned a baseball scholarship to his local community college, Macomb Community College, where he will begin classes in August.
However, thanks to this newfound attention he has received for his private concert in the Varchettis’ house, Bryce has had his love for music renewed.
Bryce's incredible talents could have remained a complete secret to the world, as many of his customers don't really take an interest in him as a person. “All they see is a pizza delivery guy,” he said.
But it just goes to show; unless you start to treat others as people, you will never truly know the amazing talent that lies beneath.