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!
"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 did an amazing job as my wedding ceremony musician. He learned three songs for me and played a bunch of awesome, unexpected rock n roll during the prelude. All of our guests were blown away and were asking who he was and where I found him. He's the best." Danielle Liebowitz, San Diego, CA''
"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, MI
"Will was prompt and professiona. He is a magnificent piano player - I would say he is a music maestro. I plan to hire Will for other events - personally and professionally and recommend him to all of my friends and colleagues. He exceeded my expectations." Kathy Munoz, Livonia, Michigan
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.
"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, MI
"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, MI.
"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
I have been playing piano professionally for 10 years, since I was 12, and have been playing piano ever since I can remember. I have had over 10 years of classical music training and over 9 years of jazz and improvisational training. 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. I have played at several venues in Southeast Michigan, including Weber's Inn, where I am a regular pianist, Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor and Mash Bar, The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Woodruff's, Pub 13, and Tempations Restaurant in Ypsilanti, Brewed Awakenings Coffee shop in Saline, the Mix Marketplace in Ypsilanti, Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit (the oldest contiuously operating jazz club in the world), the historic Dakota Inn/Rathskeller in Detroit (the oldest singing piano bar in Detroit) and many more.
Styles of piano include: cocktail, American Songbook standards, jazz, ragtime, boogie woogie, sing-alongs, classic rock, Motown, and classical.
Unlike other pianists who only read sheet music, I have perfect pitch which enables me to create arrangements for songs for which no sheet music exists. If you send me an MP3, I can create a beautiful arrangement. I also use this ability to listen to vintage recordings of classic American popular music and recreate authentic arrangements of old-fashioned popular tunes as they were meant to be played, with flare, heart and soul.
I perform at ragtime festivals, including Ragfest in Fullerton, CA, and the Frakenmuth, MI ragtime festival, and competed in the 2014 World Championship Old Time Piano Contest.
I also compose original music and arrange music. My indie-pop rock band, The White Ravens, won Best USA/International Band for the 2010 Toronto Independent Music awards. OUr 2nd and 3rd CDs were recorded with Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel's drummer of 30 years. We have played live across Canada on Breakfast TV and one of our songs was been played live across the UK on BBC radio.
I dress to match the ambience of your occasion and am always polite, punctual, professional, and give full attention to every event.
Will Bennett (piano, accordion)