Dustin Taylor

IMG_8631Dustin Taylor started playing the piano, like so many other children, because his mom made him. As a homeschooled student, the piano was the only way to fulfill his fine arts credit, and so, kicking and screaming, lessons began. After his first public performance, he was hooked. Dustin began playing professionally in local Ocala, Florida-based bands in 2005, sang and played in several cover bands and an original country band. Amongst the many national acts he has opened for are .38 Special, Glen Campbell, The Temptations, Craig Morgan, Diamond Rio, John Michael Montgomery, Restless Heart, John Anderson, and Neal McCoy. In October 2012, Dustin had the chance to perform on the Simple Man Cruise with Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Doobie Brothers, as well as Blackberry Smoke.

Dustin wandered into a dueling piano bar by chance with his brother, and (mentor) Tim Buie got him on stage. The concept fascinated Dustin, and he began training under Tim Buie and Brad Heron. This led to the opportunity to play all over the country in various piano bars. Dustin moved his family to the beach in March 2014 when Crocodile Rocks offered him a full-time position. Dustin dreams of singing in an a capella group and being skinny.