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.
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!
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).
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.
Tommy: Tommy was a member of the original 176 Keys team over 10 years ago. After a hiatus to entertain on the cruise-ship circuit and broaden his horizons, he has decided to narrow his horizons to the company that “does the show the way it should be done.”His smile and personality is infectious, and his personal touch seduces audiences across the country.
Kate: Kate is perhaps the most energetic player on our staff. She loves playing with Fun Pianos because it’s where her energy + audience focus is easily most accepted. And why not? Kate’s been knocking out great reviews since the first day she joined us over a year and a half ago
Frank: Frank is a 12-year veteran of the clubs and the corporate dueling pianos shows. After freelancing with several other companies, Frank chose the stability of 176 Keys’ Fun Pianos show to continue his private-party work. Audiences can count on Frank’s blend of old and new material, delivered with the enthusiasm of a first-year performer. Clients repeatedly have given great reviews for Frank’s show and personality.
Tom: Take the experience of entertaining mass crowds from the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage in Disneyland, mix it with the originality and charisma of a rock band leader… and you have Tom. Using his 20+ years of Dueling Pianos experience, Tom always keeps the party going with his energy and his ability to engage everyone in the room.
Steve: Steve has been wowing audiences with his comedy and vocals for 15 years, 10 of them with Fun Pianos. He fits all of the variety of shows Fun Pianos encounters, and specializes in entertaining audience in his home state of Texas.
Gary: Gary is quite a catch for Fun Pianos. Great vocals & piano skills, and a repertoire of over a thousand songs… but most of all an ability to command a night of FUN for audiences get Gary great reviews from every kind of audience he encounters across the country with Fun Pianos.
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!