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Jake and Ryan had a blast in both Pheonix and Prescott Arizona last week (July 27, 28 and 29, 2013). The highlight of the Dueling Pianos performance tour was at Embry Riddle University. Student Advisors Liz and Terri were wonderful hosts and both Jake and Ryan are eager to return to Embry Riddle January, 2013. For a closer look at our Arizona Dueling Pianos tour, visit: http://www.erau-news.com/dueling-pianos-bring-campus-together-cms-438 or read below:
“dueling pianos,” the first image that may come to mind is a couple of people actually fighting each other with pianos. Then in hindsight, that image is overly absurd. Friday night, Sept. 28, the lower hanger was abuzz with anticipation as the venue was transformed into a dueling piano “bar.”
“A dueling piano bar is typically a small nightclub that centers around two grand pianos positioned back-to-back with two pianists facing each other. The pianists play songs based on requests from the audience. Patrons write their requests on request forms or any piece of paper they can find and put them on top of the pianos; the piano players then get to work on playing as many requests as they can…”
All of those elements were in place for the evening, except for a couple: the pianos were actually keyboards, and the bar area was sectioned off from the rest of the room. As 100 students and faculty filed into the “nightclub,” the atmosphere was full of anticipation for the night’s entertainment.
Beginning at 7 p.m., students played a Jeopardy!-style trivia game, a very common practice at many bars. This allowed the patrons in groups of two to four to find out who was “the best” at general knowledge; however, the categories were anything but typical for Embry-Riddle. A couple of the categories were focused on facts about alcohol and drugs, while another was about pianos. This game went on for about an hour and until a winner was determined. The top score of the evening was 3900 while second place only received 1700; this demonstrated who had been doing their homework.
At 8 p.m., the main event began as the pianists Ryan and Jake made their entrance from the back of the room and took their places at the pianos. The main opener for the evening was the song “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis. Once the notes started flowing, the voices of the audience started to chime in as they began singing along. This merely opened the flood gates for request after request for songs from the audience as nearly ten song requests at a time were made. The sheer number caused Jake to comment, “I need a secretary for these requests.”
As the night continued, many classic songs passed through the nimble fingers of the pianist from “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot and “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks to “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi and the “Friends” theme song. Then the festivities became even more exciting as the “duelists” started a competition between the two sides of the room. In a proverbial nutshell, a song from either a TV series or movie would be played and either side needed to be the first to shout out the title. The side with the correct response was given a point. However, events became more exciting when Ryan and Jake called forth the “smartest” man and woman from the audience to play a listening game. The song played was “My Bonny” and the players were to alternate who was sitting in a chair and who was standing whenever a “B” word in the song was sung. This became more entertaining when the whole audience joined in; Ryan commented that the whole audience “looked like the Whack-A-Mole game.”
With only fifteen minutes remaining in the evening, excitement picked up as the pianists took most of the remaining requests on their table and combined them into a vast medley “mash-up” between old and new songs from “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Sieger to “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. Upon the final note of the medley, the audience erupted with applause and gave Jake and Ryan a standing ovation. The patrons left the “club” with more spring in their steps.
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Dueling Pianos International played for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s fundraiser on February 18, 2012 and we’ve been booked again on February 1, 2013! The event was sold out with over 250 people in attendance. Mike and Stephan had a great time at the event setting the audience against each other… Michigan against Michigan State! Everyone had a great time!
Dueling Pianos International at the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra
You can check out some photos from the last event here
How did the Symphony find out about dueling pianos? A co-worker saw dueling pianos on vacation in Florida and convinced SMSO to book dueling pianos for an event. They found us, Dueling Pianos International, and the rest is history! This coming year we are going to put on an even better show. So, if you are in the St. Joseph area in February 2013 you should come see us and support the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra!
Dueling pianos has taken the nation by storm and dates fill up fast! For your opportunity to fundraise or book entertainment for your wedding or private event call us today for a no obligation quote! 1-800-700-SING
Dueling Pianos International will be performing for a wedding ceremony and reception on August 3rd, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Here is an example of a timeline from this wedding:
Play No music while the groomsmen enter
Then play God Bless the Broken Road Instrumentally for the bridal party.
Then sing the chorus of this song as bride comes down the aisle TRY to end on the words “that leads me straight to you”
Play fun and upbeat song on the piano when bride and groom are pronounced man and wife
Have first dance immediately after Grand Entrance
Then cut cake
Toasts before blessing
Introduce the person giving the blessing
Featured Dances: Mother/Son dance
Bride and Groom 2nd dance (fast song)
Then open up the dance floor to all guests right away!
Dueling Pianos International provides the pianos, lighting, sound reinforcement, and emcee requirements for all weddings. If you would like to learn more visit our website at www.duelingpianoshows.com or call us at 1-800-700-SING
Our dueling pianists had a great time in Sandestin, FL on June 8, 2012 and so did the crowd! The reception was held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Coral Ballroom. We got a thank you back saying that everyone loved the entertainment and that our pianists were very kind.
“Just wanted to say thank you for helping us with a great event Friday night. The guys did a great job, were very patient with us and even played extra songs. Please pass on to the guys for me… I don’t think the crowd wanted them to leave!” – Kristy
We offer professional and experienced entertainers. If you would like more information visit our website www.duelingpianoshows.com or call us at 1-800-700-SING. We will be glad to help you!