Adam Swanson of Baltimore MD, a three-time World Champion Old-time Piano Player in both the Regular and Junior Divisions, returned to play in the World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival May 21-25, winning the event in a final round that had three other champs competing for the trophy.
In the end, Adam Swanson beat three-time champion Ethan Uslan of Charlotte NC, three-time champ Adam Yarian of Los Angeles CA, and two-time champ Dan Mouyard of Bethesda MD. David Cavalari was the only one of the Final Five who had not been a champ, but he did manage to win the New Rag Contest on Friday evening.
Repeating as champion in the Junior Division was Danny Souvigny of Hampshire IL, his third time in first place.
After polling the board of directors, we’ve decided to open the final contest to the previously ineligible three-time winners that were not allowed to compete again. This opens the field to Brian Holland, Ron Trotta, Adam Swanson and others, and for some 2015 competitors, one chance to compete against the best. Both Danny Souvigny and Ethan Uslan will defend their titles. Teaming for entries in the Duet Contest Friday night will be determined by who shows up. A ballot will be sold prior to the start of the event to raise the prize money, and will be limited to one ballot per person. The winners and contest will divvy up the proceeds of the Duet Contest.
When the World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest wraps up its 41st annual edition Memorial Day weekend in East Peoria IL, it will be for the last time.
More than 800 piano players from 38 states and five foreign countries have participated in the event through the years, collecting over $100,000 in prizes, but whoever wins the contest’s traveling trophy this year will get to keep it.