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The piano players are  the Entertainment Directors, they are responsible for maintaining the enthusiasm that keeps the concept fresh. Hand picked from only the finest regional talent, they are thoroughly trained and motivated to keep the audience happy, by always developing fresh new routines

A Dueling Piano show may include bringing the waitstaff up on the pianos for a Showtime,  or bringing up a whole party for The Unicorn Song, or some other interactive skit.

So who are the fans of this interactive concept? For starters, they are of all ages. Although there are many regulars who frequent the same clubs, you will never find exactly the same people at many of these establishments on any given night. You may see traveling business people and conventioneers in search of local color. You will see singles and couples. Many people find the venue perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, conventions, bachelor, and bachelorette parties.

Not only is this the newest craze in nightclub entertainment, but this concept is especially great for receptions, holiday parties and corporate events. Everyone is drawn together by the camaraderie and nostalgia to form one large, synergistic party, swaying to the music, bellowing out familiar lyrics. This concept bases itself on the simple fact that everyone wants to have a good time. The Dueling Piano “experience” is not only incredible fun, it is also very unique. The guests are not just entertained by the piano players, they become part of the show!

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Ruth and Jason's Wedding

Rusch Entertainment’s Dueling Pianos are the newest rage in interactive entertainment! The piano players are the ring masters – they run the show, get people clapping, laughing and singing. Often other instruments are used as well as pianos. They are comedians as well as top notch musicians with an unbelievable repertoire of music. Request slips are put out so the audience can request any song from any genre and have a great shot at hearing their favorite song. They may also write a colleagues name who is celebrating a birthday, wedding anniversary, ect… and have them roasted with a funny song, or dressed up like Elvis, Tina Turner, The Village People, ect…This interactive concept has grown rapidly in the past few years and has shown no sign of letting up.  Why? One very simple reason, people love to interact and especially have fun. The guests are not just entertained by the piano players, they become part of the show!  The fans of this interactive concept are of all ages.

  • School Functions
  • Weddings
  • Reunions
  • New Year’s Eve Events
  • Dances
  • Festivals
  • Corporate Events
  • Fundraisers

Chelsea & Adam's Wedding at Black Forest in Frankenmuth


Everything went very well. I so enjoyed working with Barbara Jean and the Dueling Pianos this year. I’m glad I have Rusch Entertainment as my go to for entertainment from now on. We haven’t begun to think of next year yet, but I’m sure we will be calling you once dates are in place. Your entertainers are so timely (and friendly) it takes the worries right out of the day of the event knowing they will be there way before the starting time.    Thank you for 2022!
Terry – Special Events Coordinator, KCDD, Grand Rapids, MI 

Dean, I cannot say enough nice things about your team.  Dueling Pianos show for our Annual Conference at the Troy Marriott with 250+ guests. This event is notorious for the attendees wandering off to hospitality rooms in the hotel.   For the first time EVER they nearly ALL stayed, sang, laughed and participated.   Everyone complimented me for the entertainment…  So let me extend the grateful feelings back to you and your team.  They were AMAZING. My voice has barely recovered yet today from singing so loud.
Tammy D. Meeting & Events Director

Hi Corey,

We had a great time with the team you sent Wednesday to East Lansing! The group had just been through a full afternoon, draining activity and I was worried about the participation level. But your team really turned the feeling of the crowd around and I have only heard great things from my colleagues. They were super great, funny, and just the right amount of audience participation.

Thanks again and people are already requesting you for next year so I hope to work with you again!

Hi Dean, I would like to rebook them for next year, please. They are AWESOME!!
M.F. Catering and Conference Services Manager (Dueling Pianos/Comedy/DJ for Dancing/ Entertainers for NYE party)

Hi Dean!  They were great. They moved from original spot and were basically background music until we cut cake. Then things picked up. Thanks for checking in. She loved it.   Dueling Pianos for Wife Stephanie’s surprise 45th Birthday party for over 100 guests!
Sincerely,  P.F. Schwartz    Birmingham Athletic Club    – Bloomfield Hills   – MI

Hello Dean,

Our Corporate Holiday Party at The EMU Union Grand Ballroom Ypsilanti was great!  We had nothing but positive feedback on George and Michael.  They were able to get people engaged and then played music after their performance for people to dance, which they did.  They both did an excellent job and we were very pleased with their stage presence.  LOVE LOVED them!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  
J M Human Resources Manager

Noel and his sidekick made our night SO MUCH FUN! We are extremely pleased with how the entire night played out! Our friends and family just loved the dueling pianos and are still talking about it! Thank you so much! 10 stars!
Apple Mountain Resort – Dueling Pianos Show + DJ for the Wedding Reception for 230 Guests

Dean   Thanks so much for recommending The Dueling Pianos. Everyone at the party loved them and we received many compliments. I personally have not had so much fun in a long time. If we find strength enough to ever give another party like this we will keep you in mind. Thanks again.
Don and Beth G. – Bucks Run Golf Club for About 75 Guests!

Good Morning, Dean-

We had an excellent Dueling Pianos show on February 2 here in Alpena.   Perhaps our largest crowd, and certainly one of the largest.  We’ve heard several good comments as people seemed to really enjoy themselves.  So, first, we’d like to have them back again in 2019.  Also, the duo donated all the tips from the show back.  The total came to almost $1850!  Our sincere thanks for sharing their talents, and for their generosity.   They truly made a difference for cancer survivors and families here in northeast Michigan.

Bill and Judy- Fund-Raiser for Cancer,  Alpena

The party was a success thanks to Rush Entertainment.  The dueling piano was a great show and the players got everyone involved.   I need to start planning for next years party and would entertain some suggestions.
Thanks,  Frank W – M.W & E Inc Vice President Safety and Health  – Crowne Plaza Lansing West – About 100 Guests for Company Party  

The show was awesome!  It has been by far the best entertainment we have reserved at any of our functions.  I had a teammate come up to me and say “I never have any fun at these events and I’m having a blast!”  Thank you for making our evening enjoyable!
Tara C. Divisional Coordinator – H Hotel December 

Hi Dean, We are getting lots of compliments on the show from Thursday night, many are saying it’s the best party we’ve put on. Everyone had a great time and we would not hesitate to have them back for another event.   Thanks so much!
Candace Swartz – Site Supply Chain Coordinator – Dow A. S.

Catie said Simply:    Incredible!!!!! Dueling Pianos/Comedy/Entertainers for Catie & Travis’s wedding in Ossineke with over 200 guests. 

Rusch Entertainment has been a pleasure to work with, the entertainers have been friendly, professional, and very entertaining for all of our attendees. I will definitely use them again for future events.
Bob – Dueling Pianos at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, National Electrical Contractors Association

Hello Dean,   The Dueling Pianos entertainment was fabulous! We actually had employees who were saying the wished the show was longer! They did a great job, we were very, very impressed. It looks like we may be a repeat customer of the dueling piano act at the Holiday Inn of Midland!   Thank you!!
Arianna – Human Resources Generalist – Life Sciences 

Hi Dean,   We had a fabulous time!  Mike and Tim were awesome and the employees and retirees just loved them!  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!!   I think the consensus is we will be having them back next year.  We booked Dwayne through you last year and he was awesome.   Thanks for everything!  I’ll be in touch next year!
Juli Jones – C G & F Compay – Lenawee Country Club     

Hi Dean!  The Dueling Pianos.  Everything went smoothly, no issues. Thanks for booking 3 years in a row!
Nestle / Ice Mountain Company Party at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Big Rapids

Hi Dean,
The Dueling Piano guys did a fabulous job. Everybody loved the act and the individuals. I am sure our board will want me to bring them back for our party in January 2017. Thank you, you helped to make our event a huge success at the Fire Keepers –  Battle Creek
Bob, National Contractors Association

Thank you so much for providing the entertainment for our wedding in September. the pianos were excellent, all of our guest loved them. we even had some guests say this was the best wedding they have been to.
At Black Forest

Franklin Inn, Noel Leaman Dueling Pianos- thank you so much for making our wedding the BEST. we are very happy with everything, they got the audience going and the party started. they played for an extra hour at no cost!
At Franklin Inn

Everything went very well!! They were able to get the crowd going which isn’t always easy to do. Couldn’t of asked for a better Dueling Piano.
At Soaring Eagle Casino

To Dean – Wedding Dueling Pianos
Thank you so much for providing the entertainment for our wedding 9/26/15 at Black Forest!  The pianos were excellent!  All of our guests say this was the BEST wedding they have been to! Thanks Again!
Adam + Chelsea – Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill  

Hi Dean,   Noel Leaman and his partner did a fantastic job at our High Heels and Hard Hats Gala on Friday.  They had great synergy and engaged the crowd during their entire performance.  We retained quite a large group throughout the event.  I would highly recommend them and look forward to using them again in the future.   We are planning another event for next year and I’m interested in what other great performers you have that we could use the engage our attendees.  Let me know your thoughts.   Thank you!
M. R.  Habitat for Humanity

Dueling PianosDean,  Everything was excellent at our January Post Holiday party!  Corey handled all the logistics and announcements very well, including his own DJ activity.  The comedian, Mike Green, was one of the funniest guys we have ever seen.  The house was in stitches, with tears running down faces, and jaws hurting from laughter.  He was non-stop, the quips and jokes just kept rolling out of him at a pace I haven’t seen in many comedians.  The dueling pianos were the usual high energy great act also, with everyone singing along.  All-in-all everyone had a great time and enjoyed the entertainment, even though we crammed a lot into the time period.
Thank you for your usual great assistance,

The dueling pianos were absolutely amazing! Everyone really enjoyed them. Laurel was also really great. The ceremony music was so beautiful!! Thank you for getting us set up with them.
Michelle Hopkins – Castle Farms

I wanted to personally thank you for coordinating our dueling piano entertainment for our Holiday Party this year. The two gentlemen that came were truly one of a kind and did an amazing job. They are so musically talented, there wasn’t a song requested that they didn’t perform perfectly. Their performance exceeded all my expectations. They performed with enthusiasm, humor, charisma and kept our associates laughing and entertained throughout the evening. They even got them as well as some of our managers involved with the show which our associated are still talking about today! I would without a doubt recommend them for any event. It was a pleasure working with you and the dueling piano extraordinaires!
Mindy King, The H Hotel; Midland, MI

They were PHENOMENAL!!!!  Kids said it was THE best assembly ever!!!
Everybody LOVED it!  THANK YOU!
Gail Tuthill, School Assembly