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Homeless piano player offered job and TV appearances after his playing of communal piano goes viral

Donald Gould went viral with his piano playing
Donald Gould went viral with his piano playing
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A homeless man has seen a change in his fortunes after his piano playing went viral.

Donald Gould, a former member of the US Marine Corps, was filmed by a passer-by playing a communal piano in Florida and the video has been viewed by more than 4m people.

Gould (51) ended up homeless after his wife died suddenly in 1998 and he began a cycle of substance abuse.

But since playing the piano he has appeared on local TV stations, including ABC News 7.  He told the channel that he likes to play songs from his childhood including Billy Joel's Piano Man to Bach's Toccata.

“I was thinking I could just put my hat on the piano and make a couple dollars and get tips,” Gould said. “I didn't expect it to jump out to this.”

Since the video of Gould playing the Sarasota Keys Piano Project piano went viral Gould has been offered a job.  A local piano bar offered to try him out for a regular performing role.


The people who filmed the above clip went back to talk to Donald the next day, where he told them about his other musical talents and his past as a US Marine.

"I play the clarinet, actually - I played the clarinet in the Marine Corps".



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