A native of Wisconsin, Rory B. has performed professionally all over the world. With experiences from the circus to cruise ship entertaining, Rory's background of music and styles are both extensive.
He is classically trained but encompasses all realms including standards, contemporary, pop/rock, rock 'n roll, and much more! Whether you are looking for a nice, private evening or have a big party to throw, Rory's music is sure to enhance your day. Perfect for weddings and cocktail hour.
Rory B. is no stranger to the stage: singing, dancing and thrilling audiences on the ivories with some of his wild antics. If you are lucky, perhaps you'll get to witness the "Killer" side of Rory B.!
Rory arrived on time and was very personable. Upon arriving Rory fit right into the gathering like he already knew everyone. Rory was a great entertainer and reacted to the party guest requests and enthusiasm. We had a great time with Rory and would recommend him for any gathering! His ability to engage the crowd is awesome especially when playing Great Balls of Fire. We would hire him again for our next large gathering.
Response from Rory B.-The "Killer" of the Keys:
Thank you, Scott! It was a pleasure to be a part of your holiday evening!
Rory was great. His communication prior to our wedding reception was on target, he was on time and ready to go, and his performance set the perfect tone for our evening. Rory played for over an hour during the cocktail hour of our wedding reception and then during dinner. He was able to blend songs we had on our "wish list" with his own selections, and the outcome was on target and exactly what we had envisioned. We can't say "thank you" enough for Rory's work, and would highly recommend him for any event.
Response from Rory B.-The "Killer" of the Keys:
It was a pleasure providing music for Brandon and Corey's reception. I was very happy to hear that everything on their wish list was covered. It was a wonderful venue and they are both great clients. Would love to assist them in the future with any musical endeavors! Congratulations once again!
I just used Rory for my wedding on 10-11-14. Rory was not only extremely professional to work with and promptly returned all my emails in a timely manner, but he also did a great job. Rory played before our wedding as guests were being seated and also played for our cocktail hour after the ceremony. Rory also learned a song I requested to walk down the aisle to and it sounded amazing. I would highly recommend using Rory for any event!
What to Expect
Rory is equally comfortable sitting behind the piano, creating an atmosphere for your event or being under the spotlight taking center stage. He is able to take requests from all eras of music and is sure to keep you tapping your feet or get you out of your chair dancing to his musical bounce.
Whether its a formal sit-down event or a chaotic karaoke night, Rory's music is sure to leave you going home happy!
Rory's services include piano music for weddings, funerals, church services, dinner parties, cocktail hours, restaurant events, and more.
Rory began performing professionally for the Fab 50's Live Rock 'n Roll Show in Wisconsin Dells, WI at the ripe age of 14 years old. He knew from then on, the true performer lay within him. He has taken his love of music and the piano all over the world performing with some of the most talented musicians and entertainers on the high seas aboard Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises.
With his roots in classical music, Rory has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in piano performance and has studied under renowned artists as Michael Keller, Molly Roseman, and Raffi Besalyan. In addition, Rory holds a double masters degree from Illinois State University in both piano performance and music therapy.
Rory's versatility in music is unlike any other as he can switch effortlessly from Franz Liszt to Frank Sinatra in his repertoire. Working with older adults as a hospice music therapist, his repertoire extends from that of Roaring 20's to current pop hits of today. A unique pianist and entertainer with technical virtuosity, Rory utilizes the entire keyboard making the instrument alive with its potential. He is comfortable performing solo or collaborating with other artists. His dramatic and poetic musicality can be perfect for your wedding yet his wild, rambunctious side is sure to be the life of your party!
Booking now for 2023!
Please contact Rory for rates, questions, and supplemental media.
Additional Booking Notes
Rory has everything needed to bring your space to life full of his music. His Kurzweil Artis Keyboard samples from some of the most beautiful german concert grand pianos if a working piano is not available on site. Two PA speakers to pump the room with crooning vocals, and all of the mic, cables a one man band setup requires.
*Full custom setup using Rory's equipment is an additional up charge.
Past Booked Events
|December 03, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Holiday Party (Other)|
|November 08, 2014||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|June 28, 2014||Wedding Reception|
Music from the 20's, 30's 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, pop/rock, Broadway/showtunes, jazz standards, contemporary, classical, rock n roll, boogie woogie, just about anything you can think of! If its not in his current repertoire, Rory will learn it for your event, requests are welcome and encouraged!
Influences & Inspiration
Includes but not limited to Billy Joel, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Herbie Hancock, Fats Domino, and Vince Guaraldi.
Rory's music is an eclectic mix of standards, pop, rock, classical, swing, jazz, and more-requests welcome!
Piano (preferably acoustic), can provide electric piano and mics/amp if needed for additional charge