Not every pianist who played on the Carnegie Hall stage is Horowitz or Lang Lang. But then, Horowitz probably never knew how to read someone his Miranda Rights! Chris Yip葉家傑 is that rare combination – a bona fide NYPD police officer and a serious pianist. It is more remarkable that he turned to piano only after he earned his police badge!

This started several years ago when he was still a rookie officer. His patrol area included the Brooklyn Music School in the Fort Green neighborhood. He would pass by the school everyday, hearing the music wafting out from the building while keeping his eyes on any suspicious activity on the street. One day, he decided to check out what’s inside and ended up sitting down on a piano bench with a teacher.

It is not an easy task to learn piano as an adult, as any piano teacher will tell you. But when there’s a will, there’s a way. Yip has persevered and is now one of the star alumni at the Brooklyn Music School. He will play at the school’s centennial benefit concert on May 5. Wouldn’t it be fun if he played in his uniform!