About Will Bennett Piano ManWelcome to my piano page! I would love to play for your special occasion and help to make it the memorable event people will be talking about for years to come! Styles of piano I play include: cocktail, American Songbook standards, jazz, ragtime, boogie woogie, sing-alongs, classic rock, Motown, and classical. I have a large repetoire and can play most popular songs people request. I do my own arrangements based upon vintage recordings to play the songs the way they were meant to be played, capturing their heart and soul. I also play accordion.
In addition to solo keyboard, I also offer an instrumental jazz trio and a full cover band with one of the talented male or female singers I work with to do classic rock covers, jazz, old fashioned popular songs, and more.
I also compose music if you are looking for a song for a special occasion.
Other projects include composing and performing in my indie-pop rock band, The White Ravens, winners for the Best USA/International Band for the 2010 Toronto Independent Music awards. My band's second and third CDs were recorded with Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel's drummer of 30 years. My band has played live across Canada on Breakfast TV and one of our songs was been played live across the UK on the BBC radio.
I play regularly at several venues in Southeast Michigan, including Tempations Restaurant in Ypsilanti, Brewed Awakenings Coffee shop in Saline, and at the Mix Marketplace in Ypsilanti. I have played at many venues in Southeast Michigan including the Blind Pig, Woodruff's, Pub 13, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, and more.
I have trained in classical and jazz piano for over 15 years and have been playing professionally since age 13. I received a scholarship to the Wayne State University summer jazz program, and for two years was the jazz pianist for the Washtenaw Community College Jazz orchestra. Links to Photos and Videos I have been playing professional for the past seven years but am new to WeddingWire. Please visit www.willbennettpiano.com for photos of me and videos of me playing piano.
"I could listen to Will's playing all day." Bob Dennis, founder of the Disc Recording Studio in Detroit, who recorded Sly and The Family Stone and George Clinton and worked as an engineer at Motown recording The Supremes, amongst other luminaries.
Will's "songs come on like Ben Folds and Billy Joel taking turns. . . " Doug Coombe, Detroit Metro Times
"Will is the real deal." Jim King, of King's Keyboards in Ann Arbor.
"Remarkable . . .EVERYONE LOVED YOU and your show! As usual, you exceeded our expectations and brought a fantastic show to our audience. Many thanks for bringing professionalism and polish to our
Music Under The Arch!" Paul and Becky Pazkowski, coordinators for Music Under the Arch Concert Series, Saline, Michigan
"Will does a beautiful job and everyone loves him! His range of material is impressive. He is a pleasure to work with." Laura Gillis,
manager of Mix Marketplace, Ypsilanti.
"Will played for us at a Piano party in March, 2012 Will knew many songs and is a wonderful piano player. He was on time and very professional, we plan on using his services again next year." Dan Linick
"Will is talented, dedicated, professional and flexible - our wedding would not have been the same without him! He created exactly the ambiance we were hoping for (timeless, romantic) for the cocktail hour, dinner, and our special dances. As the night went on, he read the mood of our guests and could play everything we asked for. He had everyone out on the dance floor, singing along." Maria and Tom Glancy, West Branch, Michigan.
"Will Bennett played our private party, in our home, on our baby grand piano, he was awesome! He arrived on time, played the
music/songs we had requested, was very professional and a whole lot of fun! Our guests sang and enjoyed themselves as we all gathered around our piano with Will at the keys. We are already getting request to do it again, and I am sure we will! I highly recommend Will for any piano playing function. " Sherry Martin, Livonia Song List American Songbook - various artists Jazz standards - Jazz Real Book 6 Classic rock - various artists Xmas/Holiday songs - various artists Billly Joel medley - Billy Joel Beatles medley - The Beatles Elton John medley - Elton John Gershwin medley - George and Ira Gershwin Motown Medley - various artists Boogie woogie - various artists Ragtime/1890's - various artists Valentine's Day Song - various artists Easter Songs - various artists 4th of July Songs - various artists Halloween Songs - various artists Available For: Anniversaries, Bachelorette Parties, Banquets, Birthday Parties, Children's Birthday Parties, Celebrations, Christenings, Christmas Parties, Church Services, Clubs, Cocktail Parties, Community Events, Conventions, Corporate Functions, Dinner Dances, Events, Festivals, Fund Raisers, Funerals, Graduation Parties, Grand Openings, Picnic, Private Parties, Proms, Restaurants, Sweet 16 Parties, Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Cocktail Hours, Wedding Receptions...and more.
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