Matt Gruel


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Pianist / Singer
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  • Accompanist
  • Arranger/Charts/Transcriber
  • Band/Orchestra Conductor
  • Composer
  • Musical Director
  • Pianist
  • Singer
  • Singer - Jazz
  • Singer - Musical Theater
  • Singer - Rock & Roll
  • Singer - Sacred Song, Religious, Cantor
  • Singer - Weddings/ Funerals
  • Transposing sheet music
About Me
I take on many roles within my company, Nostalgia Entertainment, like business manager, resident pianist and singer. I holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition (with an emphasis in Piano) from Butler University.

​For the past twenty years, I have been on staff at churches as Minister of Music, where I have sung, played piano, directed and arranged music. I have also been seen playing piano at Tommy Guns Garage Dinner Theatre and aboard the Spirit of Chicago Cruise Lines.

​I have also music directed theatre productions in the area. Some of my favorites were The Spitfire Grill and Ordinary Days at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles along with Carrie: The Musical at the School of Performing Arts in Naperville.

​As a professional composer, he has written and arranged both traditional and contemporary music for a number of different venues.
Blue Skies
Embraceable You
It had to be You
Let’s Misbehave
What Is This Thing Called Love
Wink and a Smile
Begin the Beguine
Don’t Fence Me in
It Ain’t Necessarily So
It Don’t Mean a Thing
It’s De-Lovely
Let’s Call the Whole Thing off
Miss Otis Regrets
Night and Day
Our Love is Here to Stay
Sweet Home Chicago
Take the A Train
They Can’t Take That Away from Me
You’re the Top
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Sentimental Journey
So in Love
Blue Moon
Bye Bye Love
Great Balls of Fire
Rock Around the Clock
Tutti Frutti
You’re Sensational
Brown Eyed Girl
My Cherie Amour
How Sweet It Is
I Saw You Standing There
Proud Mary
Ring of Fire
Sittin’ on the Dock at the Bay
Stand By Me
Sweet Caroline
Joker, The
Piano Man
Sweet Home Alabama
You’re the One that I Want
Based in Batavia, IL, but performs all of Chicagoland