Ron Bickel and the Merrymakers Trio
Monday, September 18 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Redstone Highlands 4951 Cline Hollow Road Murrysville, PA 15668
Donation $10.00 Proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
About the Group
The Merrymakers Trio – keyboard, drums and a fellow who plays saxophone, clarinet and flute – is an established, rehearsed and experienced unit (20+ years with the same personnel). Their music is “happy music” – upbeat and appealing to people of all ages. The Trio has played for many brunches, dances, entertainment, background music and concerts.
Ron Bickel – piano has a Masters Degree in music and is an Adjunct Professor of Piano at Duquesne University where he teaches jazz piano. He has played at Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center, Carnegie Music Hall, Syria Mosque, the Stanley Theater and on radio, television and movie.
Tony Gallo – saxophone, clarinet and flute has played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Light Opera orchestras.
Gary Noah- percussion was the band director at Chartiers – Houston High School until he retired.
The group’s high musical quality is demonstrated through a wide variety of music that includes Dixieland and Big Band styles, along with Sinatra, Classic Rock, arrangements of Beatles tunes, James Bond themes and funk oriented tunes, each with the Trio’s individual twist. Ron Bickel states: “People who love jazz will love the trio. More importantly, those who don’t particularly like jazz will be enthusiastic about our music. We are entertaining without being overbearing. We are sure you will hear the difference – first class all the way!” A reviewer recently commented: “Though the Merrymakers consists of only three men, they sound like a full – and impressively professional – orchestra.”