Piano prodigy from Okinawa Marine base to perform on ABC’s ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’

Hayden Lee, 9, a student at Zukeran Elementary School on Camp Foster, Okinawa, perfroms for "Kids Say the Darndest Things" host Tiffany Haddish while taping the show in Los Angeles over the summer. ERIC MCCANDLESS/ABC
Hayden Lee, 9, a student at Zukeran Elementary School on Camp Foster, Okinawa, perfroms for "Kids Say the Darndest Things" host Tiffany Haddish while taping the show in Los Angeles over the summer. ERIC MCCANDLESS/ABC

Piano prodigy from Okinawa Marine base to perform on ABC’s ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A 9-year-old piano prodigy who attends a Defense Department school on Okinawa will be featured on an episode of ABC’s reboot of “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” slated to air Sunday in the United States.

Hayden Lee — who began learning piano at age 6 and plays the instrument from memory by visualizing shapes and colors — was asked to be on the show after his summer performance at the Osaka International Music Competition in Japan. The third-grader from Zukeran Elementary at Camp Foster took second place for his age group against 39 finalists from around the world in the final stage of the competition.

“My mom received an email message from an ABC producer,” Lee recently told Stars and Stripes in an email. “I was excited and thrilled because I have never been on national TV.”

During the show, which was taped in August in Los Angeles in front of a studio audience, he performs the classical piece “Solfeggietto in C Minor” by C.P.E. Bach and converses with comedian and show host Tiffany Haddish.

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