Tracy Heaston

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Piano & Musical Director

Born in Long Beach, California, Mr. Piano, as he’s known in Branson, began studying percussion at age five, followed by a year on the piano at age nine. Tracy was such a talent that he continued formal training until graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance for Percussion from California’s Azusa Pacific University.

At age ten, Tracy turned pro when he began playing drums under the direction of the renowned cornet player and conductor Merle Evans in The Greatest Show on Earth, the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus as part of the band. By the time he was 11, Tracy joined the Musicians Union in Hollywood so he could perform in TV commercials, appearing in spots for American Bakeries, Pepsi, Nissan and even worked alongside McLean Stevenson, better known as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H in a Volkswagen spot. Tracy also appeared in movies such as Going Ape, Bumbles, and Punch and Jody with the legendary Glen Ford where he played the calliope. At age 17, Tracy toured Japan with the Kaye Continental Circus, performing in the five largest venues in the country. Upon his return to the States, Tracy toured with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show where he was the musical conductor. In 1981, Tracy was the vocal and instrumental arranger for TBN’s (Trinity Broadcasting Network) house band, Crossroads & Co.

Throughout his nearly 50 year career, Tracy has played for a variety of shows and artists including Holiday On Ice, Disney On Ice, Neil Sedaka, The Blackwood Singers, Jake Hess, Connie Smith, and Tom T. Hall, just to name a few.

A resident of Ozark Mountain Country for more than two decades now, Branson and the Comedy Jamboree have become a true home for Tracy. And as musical director, he leaves his signature musical mark on every aspect of every single show. He was also voted as Branson’s Piano Player of the Year by the Branson Entertainment Awards multiple times.

When he isn’t on stage, Tracy enjoys producing music. In all, he has also produced more than 100 recordings for himself as well as many other artists.

Birthday: June 17
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Caviar
Favorite Entertainers: The Eagles
Favorite Song: Thunder Island
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory