Musical Biography

Born and raised in Southern California, Dennis has over 25 years of musical performance experience whether in bands, trios or as a solo piano/vocalist. Originally trained on the organ, Dennis started playing professionally at the age of 12, playing the organ for church services and numerous weddings and other events. In his late teens, Dennis switched to piano and never looked back. Influenced by the pop sounds of Billy Joel and Elton John that dominated the seventies, Dennis fell in love with pop/rock music.

With strong ties to his community, Dennis was the musical director for two very successful community theater productions: “Godspell” and “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

In 1979, Dennis was introduced by his brother, Tim, to Scott Craig, one of the New Mousketeers. Dennis joined as Scott’s keyboard player, and the band performed live throughout Southern California, including a live television appearance.

After playing with the Mousketeer, Dennis later teamed up with his brother Tim once more, and this time they were joined by long-time friend April Elliot. The three formed the folk trio, “Tormey & Elliot.” The trio performed the coffee house circuit and recorded a CD.

Later, Dennis accepted a gig on board the “Pacific Star”, a passenger cruise ship from Star Line Cruises, which sailed from San Diego. Here, he performed several times a day in the cruise ship’s main piano lounge.

In the late 90s, Dennis doubled his challenge as he took on the dueling piano bar gig to pay his student loans from law school. Juggling a law practice by day and piano singer by night, he regularly performed for over a year at Sing Sing Dueling Piano bars in Irvine and San Diego, California. More recently, Dennis can be seen singing and playing at a number of clubs, taverns, or events throughout Southern California. Recently Dennis has been performing at one of Temecula’s hottest new Irish Pubs.

Throughout the past 25 years, Dennis has performed at hundreds of private parties, weddings, and numerous other celebrations. Whether you need some quite cocktail music, a Christmas program, or fast-paced piano rock and roll, Dennis can accommodate your piano and vocal requirements.

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