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Heavner’s piano playing is most impressive. “Always Patsy Cline”
The well-rehearsed band, featured clearly outstanding piano work in the authentic style by Mike Heavner. His convincing, bluesy interpretation provided the perfect accompaniment for Welch’s vocals. “Always Patsy Cline”
Although all the characters had amazing voices, a lot of credit has to be given to the band led by Michael Heavner, never missed a step. It accommodated the players wonderfully, and in my opinion, should have been brought out to center stage to receive a strongly deserved ovation. “Blues in the Night”
The Secret Garden at the Argenta Community Theater magical … Michael Heavner’s orchestrations serve the show well.
Special mention is in order for the musicians behind the scenes, musical director Charles Creath, a Motown Records artist and producer, shares the keyboard duties with Michael Heavner, and both do excellent work. “DreamGirls”
Finally, a hearty salute to the band and musical director/conductor, Michael Heavner on keyboards, their energy and first-rate musicianship enhance the trio of performers and provide some of the shows finest moments. These guys are smoking. “Idols of the King”
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Michael Heavner is a multifaceted and dynamic professional who joined UA Little Rock Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in 2006 and served as an instructor of recording arts technology and piano for the UA Little Rock Department of Music from 2006-2010. He served as musical director, instructor, dance musician, and website and social media manager in UA Little Rock Department of Theatre Arts and Dance from January 2006-May 2021. Michael has worked in other academic positions, including Artist in Residence at the University of Central Arkansas, College of Fine Arts and Communication, and Guest Musical Director at Hendrix College in Conway, AR.
Michael holds his Master of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies and his Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Michael is very active in the field of recording arts technology and produces custom-recorded musical orchestrations for many regional theatres in central Arkansas. His tours have taken him across the United States as musical director/keyboardist in equity tours of Blues in the Night, Idols of the King, and Always Patsy Cline. He also served as a musical director/pianist for many productions at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and equity and non-equity productions throughout the country.
In addition to his professional musical credits, Michael has performed with Grammy winner Larry Gatlin, Charley Pride, Earl Thomas Conley, David Ball, Dale Hawkins, Narvel Felts, Mike Huckabee, The Platters, The Coasters, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Percy Sledge. Michael is the featured pianist on two live CDs — “Back By Popular Demand” and “Standing Room Only” — by The Diamonds, a “doo-wop” group now in the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame.
Michael is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, and the MIDI Association. Michael performs weekly in various bands and enjoys playing country music most every Saturday night with his honky-tonk friends at Jimmy Doyle’s Country, located in North Little Rock, Arkansas.