Get To Know Us
Sam Ferguson, Owner & Lead Player
I created 176 Keys in 2003, started doing private functions in 2004, and added on Amy Lee to help build the business with me in 2005. I didn’t set out to create the largest and best traveling dueling pianos show in the country, it just turned out that way. In 2006, we were getting more business than I could handle on my own. We had to add other players we could implicitly trust to maintain the quality name we had built. This attitude has grown stronger over the years as we continue to raise the bar on the quality of our shows.
Quality work breeds more success. We place the client first by supplying the best show possible every single time. Clients are happy, and business is good. I still play most weekends that we book. Whether I’m on your show or not, with 176 Keys, you will have a better show and experience than with any other company.
Jefrey: 176 Keys was the leading show in the country before Jefrey joined in 2008, then it got better. Jefrey co-created the enhanced 176 Keys approach that has received even better and more consistent good reviews than we previously had, at a time when we were already the best received show in the country.
George: No dueling pianos player has a electric combination of putting the audience first with lightning-fast piano solos that involve all 176 Keys like George. He’ll pull you in with his contagious smile, and then blow you away with his playing!
Keith: Keith is one of the most respected duelers in the industry, in or out of the club, and has been at it for over 20 years. Audiences love him, and we are honored that he considers 176 Keys the best-run traveling dueling pianos show company in the country.
Tyler: Tyler is all about leading a good time. He was an audience-interaction pro when it was cool, and has stayed that way when others said it wasn’t. He played for nine years as a regular at Howl at the Moon Orlando while it was in it’s prime. He took his show nation-wide in 2003 and has involved audiences in almost every dueling pianos club in the country. With all his experiences, as one of the most respected and well-liked dueling pianos players in the country, it is an honor for us to be be Tyler’s company of choice when performing private functions.
Matt: Matt had been dueling at one of the Top 5 clubs in the country for 13 years, which focused on the old show of interaction and putting the audience first. When that club had run it’s course and Matt saw the 176 Keys Fun Pianos show, he wanted in…and we wanted him. He’s been a natural fit for over a year, but it feels like he’s been with us forever (in the good way).
Steven: Steven is the youngest talent on the 176 Keys roster, and has the most modern and currently danceable repretoire on staff. He exudes enthusiasm for audience participation and has fit the 176 Keys mega-interactive approach like a glove.
Don: Don has been exclusively performing dueling pianos for over 13 years. He has spent most of his career playing at clubs in Southern California. He’s always been the guy on staff that wanted to do more comedy and more for the audience. When we saw the rare opportunity to get a veteran with our approach on staff, we took it. Don fell in love with what we do with his first Fun Pianos gig over two years ago, and now is a mainstay.
Amy, National Office Manager: A business graduate of Michigan State University, Amy keeps everything in the offices flowing as our accountant / marketing whiz / logistics manager. We couldn’t do it before she came on board, so we know we wouldn’t be able to do it without her!
Lisa, Los Angeles Office Manager: A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Lisa has 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, and has developed a special skill in discovering new talent. As our newest team member, Lisa is quickly proving valuable in all aspects of our business. Welcome aboard, Lisa!