Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright got the biggest applause at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz gala at the Kennedy Center, because she is apparently an awesome drummer:
From the Washington Post:
"A longtime supporter of jazz who has worked with the Monk Institute for years, Albright received the annual Fisher Founder’s Award. After the customary speech of thanks, she went to a drum set and pounded away on tom-toms and cymbals — quite creditably — as trumpeter Chris Botti performed an instrumental version of 'Nessun dorma,' the aria from the Puccini opera 'Turandot.'"
Albright, who received the gala's annual Fisher Founder’s Award, had a similar exhibition at the Kennedy Center honors in February 2011. Skip to the 2:00 mark for Albright: