LOWELL (CBS) – Some lucky students at UMass Lowell got to spend an evening with legendary rocker Billy Joel.

Joel played an intimate concert at UMass Lowell’s Durgin Hall.

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The Piano Man kept the crowd entertained with some of his classic songs. He also cracked jokes during a question and answer session.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports

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James Ham, a drum major in the UMass marching band says he got an email from his professor asking if he wanted to meet Joel backstage.

“This was one of the coolest experiences of my life,” Ham said.

Entire Interview with James Ham

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Ham says Joel answered all kinds of questions from students about his life and composing songs.