When police officer Johnathan Landis interrupted a band’s performance at Champs Bar and Grill in Lake Geneva, Wisc., guests at the restaurant thought there must be some type of emergency. However, Landis just wanted to join in on the fun. The officer of the law was walking by the restaurant when he heard the sounds of the band playing, including a violin. It turns out Landis has been playing the violin since the age of three, and he couldn’t resist the urge to join in on the performance.
“At first, we were wondering why he was here—like if something was wrong that I didn’t know about,” Ian Gussarson, who works at the bar, told WISN. “When it was all over everyone was like, ‘You don’t see that every day.’”
Both the bar and the band were happy to give Landis the chance to show off his talent, and he regaled everyone with a stunning solo performance of a full song.
“This is like a dream come true,” Landis said. “To be out here and play my violin as a police officer—it’s like I have both worlds, it’s awesome!”
It’s clear from his amazing performance that Landis has some serious musical ability. The band members look on in admiration as he plays, and you can hear some people clapping along. When he finishes, the crowd erupts into cheers. Before he became a police officer in 2017, Landis actually worked as a professional musician and music teacher.
“It was amazing. I was really impressed by how good he was. This wasn’t a guy who just tried to hammer out a couple of tunes. It was a real shock—completely unexpected. The whole place went off,” John Trione, a customer who caught Landis’ performance, told the Daily Mail.
Watch Landis give it his all in the clip below!