Ron has had a long and varied career as a professional pianist. He has performed in country clubs and hotels throughout the Pittsburgh area. His resume extends from Heinz Hall and the Benedum Theater to private homes and family picnics. His repertoire is very large and includes standards from the Great American Songbook, showtunes, Classic rock, Motown, popular songs and some Classical pieces. Ron can play any tune which he can hum, so requests are usually no problem.
In addition to his solo work, Ron also provides entertainment with his small groups. His duo and trio play what we call play a variety of styles including jazz, big band, Sinatra, Classic Rock, and Motown Styles (just to name a few). They are very experienced at playing for wedding receptions, parties, and functions of all sizes. The Merrymakers Duo & Trio are upbeat and appeal to people of all ages. They play what they call "happy music" -- traditional jazz (Dixieland and Benny Goodman style jazz) as well as some more current styles. While people who love jazz love this group; even better, people who don't love jazz are also very enthusiastic about their music. This lively music is entertaining without being overbearing. This is not a thrown-together group with revolving personnel, as many groups are today. They have been together for 20+ years with the same group members. We are sure you will hear the difference -- first class all the way.
Ron is an Adjunct Professor of Piano at Duquesne University. He has a Masters Degree in music. Ron has played at premier venues in Pittsburgh, including Heinz Hall, Benedum Center, Carnegie Music Hall, Syria Mosque, Stanley Theater, and on radio, television and movies. Mr. Bickel has performed with such diverse artists as Mel Torme, Rodney Dangerfield, Michel LeGrande, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Liberace, The Skyliners (featured on their hit record, “Since I Fell For You”), Billy Eckstine, Glenn Miller Orchestra (Ray McKinley), Little Anthony and the Imperials, Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Dorsey Band, The Flamingos, The Modernairs and Bobby Vinton.