Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo
February 27, 2013
Nicknames: "The Entertainer," "The Coach," "The Veteran" / Age: 46 / Years at Howl at the Moon: 11 / Favorite song to perform: "Locked out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars / Song he hates most: "Taking Care of Business" by Bachman Turner Overdrive
A true showman, Jimmy Ross knows how to get the crowd going. He kicks his heel up on the piano, his hands slamming the keys, barely breaking a sweat. As entertainment director, Ross leads the pack of performers at Howl at the Moon.
"It's a total blessing," Ross said. "It's just such a positive thing to come up and be able to do something that I love and make a living at it. I love entertaining."
Ross has spent 17 years at dueling piano bars -- the last 11 at Howl at the Moon. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in telecommunications and broadcast, Ross was looking for a part-time job in Pittsburgh. He was offered a gig at Jelly Rolls, a local dueling pianos bar that has since closed. Ross never looked back, turning his part-time job into a full-time career. When not performing at Howl at the Moon, Ross is working on his own Christian worship CD. He also loves playing music with his three kids, and doesn't expect to leave Howl at the Moon any time soon.
"I could do this for another 5, 10, 15 years," Ross said. "I just love it."