This Head Custodian's Lunchtime Concerts Make The School Day Magical
"They're a good crowd. I haven't been booed yet," says Alo Key, a lifelong musician. The crowd that he's talking about is quite special: they're elementary school students at the school where Alo works as the head custodian. The setting for Alo's performances is also special, at once both humble and magical: the cafeteria at Three Trails Elementary School in Missouri.
The son of a musician, Alo says that his father "groomed" him and his siblings into talented singers and instrumentalists. Alo was even touring across the globe in a band for a while! He landed at Three Trails school when he decided to choose a more grounded, mellow life in order to spend more time with his wife and kids.
At the school, Alo is "a friend to all of us," according to fifth-grader Makayla Marshall.
His lunchtime concerts are just one part of Alo's contributions to making Three Trails school a welcoming and joyful place. As the reigning Employee of the Year, Alo is a constant presence in the halls, where he's known for giving out high-fives.
As fifth-grader Elijah Kenyon puts it, Alo is "like a part of my heart because I just love music and he's making my passion for music even bigger."