Every other week Jack Prince, 93, a military veteran, makes his way with the help of his wheelchair to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
When he gets there, he sits himself down at the thing Billy Joel once called a “gigantic black beast with 88 teeth trying to bite my hands off”, and digs in to do what he loves to do more than anything in the world.
As for the teeth, Prince isn’t scared. He was in World War II.
“He just had a lesson and now he’s going home to practice. Are you kidding me? No one else does that,” said his instructor, Stefanie Jacob, who the vet says “knows how to deal with an old man and doesn’t take any sass for me.”
“Music has always been important to me,” he said. “I think it’s very useful for somebody my age to have something that you have to work at — and I do work.”
And lately, he’s been gearing up for a special date: his 94th birthday, which will also be the day he puts on a recital. A little concert.
“I love to perform.”
All told, the nonagenarian practices his craft about an hour a day five to six days a week.
“For the most part, I do not feel my age, no.”
You can see Prince play below: