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Dueling Pianists eager to help out

October 21, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

Mike Leeds and his dueling pianos partner, Andy Anderson, are excited about the upcoming Study Club annual Charity Gala, Leeds said in a phone interview.

"First, we have had tremendous success in Fort Dodge. We play all over the Midwest, but in Fort Dodge it seems like they're on the same page as us," Leeds said.

"The second thing is, I believe that it's a fundraiser," he said.

"We're really excited to do that. We've done some fundraisers. We don't do a lot of them, but that makes this one extra special."

Leeds explained what their show would look like.

"We bring in two replicated baby grand pianos, meaning they look just like grand pianos but we insert keyboards into them.

"A lot of people are confused by the term dueling. They think it's a competition. So, yes, that's part of it, we're trying to outshine each other, but it's not a competition between Andy and I," he said.

Instead, there's more of a focus on crowd participation.

"Sometimes we play at the same time, but sometimes Andy will play a song and I'll play a tambourine. Something unique to our show is Andy or I will leave the piano and go into the crowd and get them involved in any number of things. One thing we'll do is get people in a big circle and sing a big song like 'Sweet Caroline.'"



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