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October 30, 2013

Danvers hockey player D'Orlando to showcase his keyboard skills at team fundraiser Saturday night

About the only thing Erik D’Orlando has been doing longer than playing the piano is playing hockey.

This Saturday night, he’ll use one of his passions to help fund another.

D’Orlando, a junior at Danvers High School and a member of the Falcons’ varsity hockey team, will be behind the keyboards Saturday night at Timothy’s at the Village Green in Danvers, playing both with his own band and one his his mentors in a fundraising night for the DHS hockey program.

Maes, a Lynn native and Berklee College of Music graduate, has toured the world playing with famous musicians and remains a popular draw locally. His band, The Brian Maes Band, will be the featured performers in this Danvers Falcons Hockey fundraising event. D’Orlando’s three-piece band, 43 Church Street, will also be on the bill, and D’Orlando will also play together with Maes — who also serves as his keyboard teacher.

“A guy my family knows had Brian as a teacher and thought I might be interested in working with him, and of course I was,” said the 17-year-old D’Orlando, a defenseman on the Danvers hockey team and part of last winter’s Division 2 North finalists. “At first I was a little intimidated because his skill is so fantastic, but I got adjusted quickly. He taught me to get out of my classical piano training and let loose a bit.”

D’Orlando, who has been out playing in local clubs since he was 15, can play anything from classic rock — he enjoys playing difficult keyboard tunes such as ‘Pinball Wizard’ by The Who and ‘She’s The One’ by Bruce Springsteen — to modern rock.

“A lot of people don’t know I play (piano), but my hockey teammates do,” said D’Orlando. “We have team pasta parties and if someone had a piano in their house, I’d play.”

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