Singing
Choir teacher caught off guard when his students crash his wedding rehearsal for special performance
Mr. Landis had no idea his students had been secretly practicing every Sunday for this moment.
Cherie Gozon
11.16.22

♫All you need is love… Love is all you need. ♫

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Who doesn’t know this classic song, right? Even today, the Beatles is one of the most iconic bands that shaped the industry. Our music idols probably looked up to them, too. Their songs – especially the lyrics – resonate with most of us.

♫There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…♫

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The song’s lyrics are perfect in many ways, but more so for this choir teacher who got the best surprise ever. As the line goes, he was meant to be where he was – and so did his students.

Christopher Landis certainly was a great teacher to deserve this.

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He is a chorus teacher at Hingham Middle School in Massachusetts. It was a special day for him as he was in a rehearsal brunch for his wedding to them-fiancé Joe Michienzie. He didn’t know that his students planned a sweet surprise for him.

He had no clue what was in store for him.

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“I noticed that everyone was holding video cameras, and I was like, ‘what’s going on?’ And then I saw the first student come in. But it really hit me until, I mean, all of these students came in, and they were smiling, and they were all dressed up. And then I started crying,” Christopher recalled the events with Inside Edition.

♫Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung…♫

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His students slowly filled the room and started singing The Beatles’ ‘All You Need is Love.’

They’ve rehearsed it for a month for their choir teacher’s special day. This sweet surprise brought tears to Christopher and Joe.

♫There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known♫

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Joe said the kids’ parents approached him, and he was sold on the idea. Christopher was more surprised because he never told his students about his sexual orientation and gender preference.

He never talked about it because he didn’t know what the students and their parents would feel about that.

Whenever he mentioned Joe, he referred to him as his “friend.”

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However, this surprise assured Christopher that they knew and understood. Plus, the song is just very much fitting because, really, love is all we need.

Christopher always ensured that his class was a safe environment for the students.

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He hoped this surprise would reach other teachers who might have second thoughts about sharing their identity. Doing so might create a safe space for a student in their class who might be struggling at home and in school.

The students clearly accepted Christopher and Joe and saw nothing wrong with it.

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“It doesn’t matter who you love. When you love them, it just matters that you’re in love and you both really care about each other and want to be with each other,” a student told WHDH.

Christopher has been teaching at Hingham Middle School for six years.

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And all his years with the school, the students always appreciated his optimism. His passion and enthusiasm showed in his cheerful disposition. The students also appreciated how he always greeted them with a smile and a compliment to boost their confidence.

Watch the full video below, and see how this classic The Beatles song defined this perfect moment.

By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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