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Crowd loves the 'Piano Man'

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SONG: The “Piano Man” Sam Piercy plays a patriotic concert at the Winchester Center on Thursday.
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FLAG: A crowd stands for the National Anthem during an afternoon piano concert at the Winchester Center on Thursday.

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

Sam Piercy has been performing for audiences around Wabash and the region for years, traveling to nursing homes and senior centers around central Indiana as his own retirement project.

While he’s known as the “Piano Man” now, Piercy previously worked as a marketing representative in nursing homes. Once his coworkers learned he also played the piano, Piercy says they started asking him to play for residents too. More nursing homes asked him to play from there. His popularity grew so much that Piercy decided to retire so he could play for people around the region full-time.

He’s a well-known face in Wabash, being a regular performer at various venues in the county.

His popularity was evident on Thursday, when Piercy played for a sizable crowd at the Winchester Center. The patriotic concert highlighted American folklore and pastimes, with tributes to the National Anthem, the military, baseball and great American cities.

Beverly Ferry, CEO of Living Well in Wabash County, which operates the Winchester Center, said crowds here have enjoyed Piercy’s music for some time.

Before each concert, Ferry says the center invites visitors to participate in programming inspired by Piercy’s shows, which makes his programs interactive. This month, for example, visitors shared stories of their favorite summer vacations before Piercy arrived. The crowd sang along with Piercy as he took them on a musical tour of America, from Cape Cod to Chicago and the San Francisco Bay.

Next month, Piercy will bring a Vegas-inspired “Rat Pack” show to the Winchester Center. The concerts are free and open to the public.