I would love to perform for your special occasion and help to make it the exceptional event friends, family and colleagues will remember fondly for years to come! I am a full time seasoned, professional musician, which means I love music and to share it with others; it shows in my performances; I am dependable, and responsible, courteous; and will treat your event with the professionalism, attention, and enthusiasm it deserves! I can play elegant background music or rock it out for dancing and singing along!
"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 over 10 years. I have had over 15 years of classical, jazz and improvisational training I have played at innumerable venues in Southeast Michigan and am currently one of the regular pianists at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Other local venues I have performed at include The Blind Pig, Baker's Keyboard Lounge (the oldest continuously operating jazz club in the world), The Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor, Mash Bar, Woodruff's Pub 13, Temptations, Tin Fish, the Dakota Inn (the oldest singing piano bar in Detroit), and Brewed Awakenings.
Styles of piano include: cocktail, American Songbook standards, jazz, ragtime, stride boogie woogie, sing-alongs, classic rock, Motown, and classical.
Having perfect pitch enables me to create arrangements for songs for which no sheet music exists and recreate arrangements of vintage music that sound the way they should.
I have performed 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)