Barry Sames Entertainment LLC
Barry Sames Entertainment LLC

Barry Sames Entertainment LLC

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Introduction: I recently joined Thumbtack as an entertainer. I have played piano professionally for over 30 years, both as a soloist and bandleader. I have a large repertoire of songs spanning the American songbook, jazz standards, Brazilian and Latin, popular and classical works. I presently am the musical Contractor and head pianist at Turner’s restaurant in the Galleria area of Houston, where we feature top notch solo piano and duo acts five nights per week. My company also books combos of 2-5 musicians for smaller private parties, retirement homes, and corporate events. Most importantly, I make sure all of the music details of your party or event are addressed. I perform out many times per week which allows you to come meet me, and here me play live before your event.

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17 years in business

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Pierre N.
Jun 27, 2016

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Barry is great at helping me to navigate through what my music goals are and How to develop what skills I currently have. I strongly recommend him.
Piano Lessons (for adults)
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Stephen C.
Mar 13, 2015

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Hired on Thumbtack

Barry is an amazing teacher with a great passion for music. His energy during the lessons keeps you very engaged. I would highly recommend him!
Piano Lessons
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Rae T.
Sep 26, 2014
Mr.Sames is very patient and accommodating. His patience is only surpassed by his wide berth of musical knowledge. I highly recommend Mr.Sames as a teacher!
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Violet L.
Feb 26, 2014
Barry and I worked in several capacities. Barry was my son's piano teacher; Matt is now a jazz player and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Barry has also worked with the congregations where I served as pastor. His talent is only matched by his kindness and amazing generosity in sharing his gifts.
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Kat H.
Sep 29, 2014
Barry really has a special way with children! My 8-year old son began taking piano lessons with Barry earlier this year, when we first acquired a piano (Spring). Barry has skillfully tailored each lesson to my son's personality and needs. He not only shares and enhances my son's enthusiasm for the music, he also demonstrates flexibility--Barry instinctivley senses when it's time to focus his attention on developing the discipline it takes to master an instrument, and when to simply allow my son the time he needs just to just simply explore the piano in his own way, so that it stays fun. This combination, I believes lends itself to a child's true love of playing, and prevents the lessons from becoming a "chore". I'm so impressed with Barry's special affinity with children, that I just recommended him to my neighbor, who has an 8 year old as well!
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Barry Sames


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Distance is a factor in pricing, Sound systems for larger events are contracted and cost extra. Saturday nights are premium nights and generally not discounted.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Once we agree on prices and date of event, I send a questionnaire to client to understand their musical preferences for the event. Either I use this myself if I am playing, or I forward it to the musicians who have contracted. Everything I do I submit to a contract To protect both the client and the musicians.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I’ve studied music at the college level, and continue to study new styles music at the highest level. I’ve played for over 25 years in society bands and worked for various agencies before starting my own. I’ve been a band leader for 30 years.

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