- 1. A Thousand Years
- 2. Bridal March (by Jonathan Cain of Journey)
- 3. Memory (from Cats)
- 4. The Way You Look Tonight
- 5. Canon in D
- 6. Hornpipe (from Water Music)
- 7. As Time Goes By
- 8. Peanuts (Linus & Lucy)
- 9. Bohemian Rhapsody
- 10. Rhapsody in Blue (beginning) Want to hear the whole thing? Buy my CD! :)
"Thank you David for making our wedding ceremony everything we could have ever dreamed of!!! Your musical talent is amazing and we have received compliment after compliment about your performance. I couldn't be happier about how our wedding day turned out, and much of it was a direct result of the beautiful music during our ceremony. Thank you again for everything!!" -Amy H, Chesapeake City, MD
Words cannot describe how THRILLED we were with David from planning stages through performance! He was professional and courteous, his responses to emails were almost immediate and he was extremely accommodating to our requests. Above all, his performance was out of this world! -Katie W, New Hope, PA
David Zipse gave an outstanding piano performance at my holiday party yesterday afternoon. He not only played a great variety of holiday tunes and performed them all flawlessly but he took requests from the guests, one of which resulted in a nice sing-a-long version of Piano Man. I also appreciated that David took the time to learn a piano song from one of my favorite childhood holiday shows. I had made the request earlier on the same day as the party and was impressed that he took the time to learn the song and he played a great rendition of it during the event. I highly recommend David to play at your event!
David was fabulous, he enjoys requests and did his best to play everything! He arrived plenty early and setup and was ready to play for our party. He is personable and played the whole time! I really wanted him to play on our outside deck which was the middle of our event as we had an outside tent as well as my living room. He accommodated my wishes even though it was chili. We plan on hiring David again for the wedding cocktail hour !
One other thing, his estimate did not break the bank as others, and I happily gave him a generous tip.
David was an excellent pianist for our daughter's wedding ceremony. He was prompt, professional, courteous and has a rich repertoire of songs at his fingertips. He was able to play anything we asked for with ease. The rehearsal and wedding day were so smooth and easy there were no worries! We had a violinist and cellist that he coordinated with seamlessly even though they had not played together previously. I would highly recommend David. What a joy to work with!
David was easy to work with and very accommodating. He was willing to learn new music and play with 2 other musicians (family members) at my daughter 's wedding. He even recorded himself playing the songs ahead of time and sent them to the other musicians so they could practice. He arrived early and was well prepared. He was very responsive to all of my emails- answering my questions almost instantaneously. He made the ceremony flow smoothly. I would highly recommend him!
My husband and I hired David to play for our wedding ceremony and reception on December 30. Besides being wonderful to work with, and very communicative, David is a phenomenal pianist. I knew I could trust his experience and was so happy with the music he chose. He arrived earlier than the wedding party to play as guests arrived, and I could hear the music from where I was way at the back of the venue -- I kept commenting to my family how wonderful it sounded. David, I didn't have a chance to thank you in person, but I wanted to share that I was so happy to hear you play 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' right before the processional. It's one of my favorites and made me feel so at ease. Thank you for being part of our day!
David was professional, on time and played beautifully!
David was terrific! Everyone loved him so much, they wanted him to sty and play on! I would highly recommend him, and will certainly use him in the future!
David Zipse was absolutely amazing, and I can't recommend him enough! He made my wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour & dinner) so magical. Our guests raved about how much they loved the pianist and how splendidly he played! Every step of the way, David was so accommodating and professional; we made dozens of special requests for songs, including a very complex rendition of our favorite Steely Dan song for our recessional hymn, that David learned from a youTube video I sent him, and he totally nailed it- he is SO talented! We asked him to come a little earlier to rehearse with our wedding singer, and he came even earlier and stayed late. David is a class act; and we could not have hired a better pianist! Thank you so much for everything, David!
David came highly recommended, and he didn't disappoint. As we worked out the details for him to play out of town at my parents' 30th anniversary gathering, he was responsive and accommodating. He arrived early and came right in to play a difficult number that we had requested of him. After playing a bit of Gershwin, my parents coincidentally realized that they had attended a Gershwin performance that David had given some years ago, which they loved. He lived up to that high standard as he played throughout the afternoon, taking requests for everything from Broadway tunes to pop to classical. My family was amazed by how much David could play directly from memory, and the few numbers that he didn't know, he was able to pull up within moments on his tablet and play effortlessly. He even humored us by letting us sing along with a few requested numbers, which my parents also loved.
David was engaging but not overbearing in terms of his interaction style, and he is highly skilled. I strongly recommend him and believe that he would turn most any request into a successful performance. Hire David with confidence.
What to Expect
Virtuoso? Well, that's what the critics say:
"The music's best asset is VIRTUOSO Zipse at the piano..." -Jeff Murphy, News-Journal.
"PIANIST EXTRAORDINAIRE!" -St. Martin This Week.
*WINNER* of the 2010 & 2011 "Bride's Choice Award" -Martha Stewart & WeddingWire.
**WINNER of GigMasters’ “Rising Star Award” for being their TOP KEYBOARDIST for the past 3 years (2014, 2015 & 2016)!**
Hello, I am a pianist who plays festivals, concerts, conventions, casinos, theaters, restaurants and clubs, as well as weddings, parties and corporate events. Besides playing solo piano or doing a one-man-band (w/ NO canned sequences) I also have a rock duo, a jazz trio, and an excellent dance/party wedding band.
You see, I just simply LOVE to play! As I tell my students, it's easy to be good at something if you love it. That's why I've been a full-time musician since graduating summa cum laude from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. This IS my day job, and I love it!
I also play in church, and perform free at various fundraisers and charities, for talent is a gift, and what I do with it is my gift back.
Now I would be honored to provide the music for your wedding ceremony, reception, cocktail party, dinner dance or corporate event. From classical music for a ceremony to jazz for cocktails, from soft romantic music for dinner to dance party music for a reception, whatever you prefer, I know I can provide the perfect mix to please all your guests. I have a vast repertoire of over 1000 songs FROM MEMORY, (including Rhapsody in Blue) and am able to play most all requests.
But instead of my words, read what others say:
I cannot speak more highly of David. I had booked him to play during the cocktail hour for my wedding reception. As soon as I booked him, he reached out to me with a professional e-mail to get more information on my event. He was very accommodating to my requests, and prompt with responding. For the event itself, David showed up early to set up and briefly met with me to formally introduce himself. When the event started all I could hear was beautiful piano music coming from the cocktail room. I asked friends what they thought of the music and they LOVED it. David was not only professional, but an amazing pianist. I highly recommend him. -Andrew F, Richboro, PA
David played at our recent trade show in Atlantic City. Over the course of our two-day, 10-hour event David remained highly energetic and pumped out the hits one after another. He has a great attitude and a vast collection of songs to tap into. I highly recommend him for any event. He is fun and professional. You can't go wrong. -Kristen M, Atlantic City, NJ
"Dave - You rock! Simply the best in the tri-state area! I always run into you when our band Remedy plays The Reef and just sit back and enjoy! You are just one fabulous keyboard player -- great form, technique, and a great ear. You are most certainly something for me to aspire towards!" -Pat Bush, Wilmington, DE
"David you are a most talented musician as well as an excellent orchestra conductor and music director. Your work on CAPA's High Society and Little Shop of Horrors was outstanding. I look forward to working with you in the future. Always, Alex " -Alex Handy, Easton, MD
"David played for my folks' 50th anniversary party last September at The Farmhouse in Avondale. I knew from previous experience that he would put on a good show with just the kind of music the "old folks" would like, as well as a few for us younger people, too. Not only did he exceed my expectations in that regard, but he brought the house down, to the point where other restaurant guests came wandering in to see where the great music was coming from. By the end of the evening we were all up dancing, and hearing Rhapsody in Blue was the icing on the cake. Wonderful!" -Carolyn Hendrix, Port Deposit, MD
"We had the distinct pleasure of producing "Nunsense" last year..David was the pianist. WOW! Standing ovation from the full houses every night after his pre-show gig. Used him again in Dec. for "Nuncrackers" at Milton Theatre. Also booked him for a major Lewes fundraiser. THEN I booked him for a private party at my home (can't get enough!). Excellent musician...great fun to work with..superb show!" -Sue & Charlie Meyer, Lewes, DE
"This is Cheryl Romano Banquet Coordinator from the Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Delaware, we are a members only country club. I have had the distinct pleasure in booking David individually for many years as a piano player for our members and they always look forward to hearing him play. We recently had his group here for our Saturday evening entertainment, and they really had our crowd on the dance floor! Comments and raves continue to come in! We are looking forward to their return later this year!" -Cheryl Romano, Rehoboth Beach, DE
"David brings much joy to our Assisted Living facility everytime he plays. He is an excellent pianist and a great guy. My residents absolutely love him!" -Annette Bahn, Rockland Place, Wilmington, DE
"During the Chautauqua Tent Show in Lewes this summer, David Zipse created a fabulous experience of George Gershwin's music for an audience of over 500 people. Due in large part to the amazing talent of Mr. Zipse, it was a record-breaking attendance for an event that has been going on for ten years. As an organizer for the event, I found it great to be working with such a music professional. It was a top-notch performance! -Andrea Anderson, Lewes, DE
One last note to prospective clients,
If you choose to book me, I will do my best to EARN a review as glowing as those above.
So, how can I help YOU? Just let me know!
David Zipse, "virtuoso" pianist
David is a master of the piano who plays many different styles of music. He studied classical music for years, fell in love with jazz at an early age, and grew up listening to rock and roll; so these are his influences. He loves to perform, and loves to play requests. He has a large and varied repetiore, and plays popular favorites that reach many different age groups. Just when you think you've got his style pegged, he plays something totally different. But no matter what he plays, he plays it with heart.
Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, he then went to Shenandoah Conservatory of Music where he graduated at the top of his class, earning a degree in Music Composition, summa cum laude. After college he travelled on the road with several different bands before settling around Atlantic City and playing in the casinos for 12 years. He moved back to Wilmington, and has been performing solo and with various singers in local restaurants and clubs, while continuing a career as Musical Director and Accompanist of musicals and shows.
David has been musical director for numerous productions, including Milton Theater's "Nuncrackers" (Dec 2007) and "Nunsense" (Nov 2006), C.A.P.A.'s "Little Shop of Horrors" (Setp 2007) and "High Society" (Oct 2006), Covered Bridge Theater's "Nunsense II" (June 2006), and "big, The Musical" (June 2002), Delaware Best of Broadway's "This Is Your Life, Judy Garland" (May 2007) and "Anything Cole" (Feb-Mar 2002), Delaware Children's Theater Adult Wing's "Jesus Christ Superstar" (April 2000, April 1997) and the University of the Arts' "Once On This Island" (Oct-Dec 1998). He was Assistant Director for Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater's production of "Blood Brothers' (Apr-May 1997), and has accompanied OperaDelaware in their productions of "The Secret of NIMH" (March 2005), "The Hobbit" (March 2004), "The Enormous Egg" (March 2003), "From the Mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" (March 2002), "A Cricket in Times Square" (March 2001), "Louis' Trumpet" (March 2000) and "Charlotte's Web" (March 1999).
(Hmmm ... I guess I need to add all the shows I've done in the past 10 years! So many ... I just love what I do!)
Major accomplishments include starring as George Gershwin in "Gershwin, By George!" at the Riverfront Arts Center in February/March 2003, where he was acclaimed a "virtuoso" pianist by News-Journal critic Jeff Murphy. ("The show's best asset is virtuoso Zipse at the piano, who performs - by memory - a rousing rendition of 'Rhapsody In Blue."" -Feb 12, 2003)
Other accomplishments include being the arranger and musical director (for the past umpteen years) of the Annual Gridiron Dinner, a hilarious show spoofing Delaware politics; and performing for Maryland's governor at the Governor's House in Annapolis, He also performs annually to great acclaim at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival.
Currently David can be heard regularly at several area restaurants and clubs, backing up various artists including jazz vocalist Pam Miller and Sinatra vocalist Sean Reilly, as well as with the dance band "Goodfoot."
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 08, 2019 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 22, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|December 21, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 08, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 08, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Christmas Party|
|November 03, 2018 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm||House Party|
|October 13, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Jazz Fest|
|October 12, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Jazz Fest|
|September 27, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|July 28, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 25, 2018 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Corporate Event|
|July 21, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 20, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|June 15, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Four Seasons|
|June 09, 2018 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding|
|February 11, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Concert|
|February 10, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Concert|
|February 09, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Concert|
|December 31, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Princess Royale|
|December 30, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 17, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|December 13, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Christmas Party|
|November 22, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Church|
|November 19, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|November 05, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding|
|October 26, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Lorelton|
|October 25, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Concert|
|October 21, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 15, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|October 14, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Jazz Fest|
|October 13, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Jazz Fest|
|October 06, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Festival|
|October 05, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Rockland Place|
|September 27, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|September 23, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding|
|September 22, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Wedding|
|September 20, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|September 17, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|September 16, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Cocktail hour|
|September 13, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|September 08, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Mushroom Festival|
|September 06, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|September 03, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Concert|
|September 01, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Gables|
|August 30, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|August 26, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|August 24, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Gables|
|August 20, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|August 19, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Yacht Club|
|August 19, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding|
|August 16, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|August 12, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Show|
|August 11, 2017 • 4:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding|
|August 09, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Westminster|
|August 05, 2017 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Antique Show|
|July 29, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding|
|July 28, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||wedding rehearsal|
|July 27, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|July 25, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Foulk Manor N|
|July 22, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|July 20, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Vesper|
|July 20, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Lorelton|
|July 16, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|July 15, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Milton Theater|
|July 13, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|July 09, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Cokesbury|
|July 07, 2017 • 6:30pm - 10:00pm||Wedding|
|July 03, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Concert|
|June 29, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|June 24, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Gables|
|June 23, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Wedding|
|June 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|June 16, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Studio session|
|June 15, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|June 14, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Hickman|
|June 11, 2017 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|June 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding|
|June 07, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Summit|
|June 03, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Liberty Place|
|June 01, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|May 28, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding|
|May 26, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Dino's Nightclub|
|May 25, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|May 25, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Rockland Place|
|May 21, 2017 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||50th Anniversary|
|May 20, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding|
|May 19, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Jukebox Nightclub|
|May 18, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Brown Derby|
|May 14, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Rose Court|
|May 13, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||50th Anniversary|
|May 13, 2017 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Engagement Party|
|May 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|May 06, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||First State Gridiron Dinner/Show|
|May 05, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:30pm||Milton Theater|
I know over 1000 songs from memory, and have another 50,000 on my iPad.
I tailor the 'set list' to each event.
What would you like to hear?